5 April 2011
RE: Character Reference for Ryan Robinson
Since 2007, I have had the pleasure of knowing Ryan in various contexts. Notably, Ryan and I lived together for two years between 2008 and 2010 along with five other men. During that time, Ryan and I had many opportunities to spend time together and to become friends.
While I lived with Ryan, I learned very much about being a genuine host from him. Ryan regularly invited friends over to the house to spend time together. Each time, Ryan would open up his personal living space to the guests and enjoy spending time with them. Ryan did this regularly, but he never did it at the expense of the rest of us who lived with him: on the contrary, we were almost always taking part in whatever gathering Ryan started and, during any times that we were not because we needed to work, Ryan ensured that we were able to do so with quiet. In short, Ryan prioritized his relationships with his housemates and preserved the balance of entertainment and peacefulness in our home to the benefit of us all.
Ryan was also in charge of assigning a chore schedule and reminding us to follow through on our chores. In that capacity, Ryan was exemplary because he would lead by example and remind us without making us feel guilty when we fell down on the job. Additionally, Ryan took extra initiative above and beyond his agreed upon role and often helped out with communal chores like dishes, regardless of whether he had made them or not, and lent a hand when one of the chores, such as the garbage, was a particularly big job on any given week.
In light of Ryan being such a kind and helpful person, as friends, Ryan and I found it easy to spend time together frequently. Unlike in so many other relationships, I found myself able to express real concerns and issues that I was having in my life with Ryan and he always took to heart what he heard and responded in empathy and with something equally valuable: insight. In this way, we helped each other strive for obedience and greater honor in our relationships with God.
And so it was a natural fit that Ryan and I also attended a home church one evening a week. At those meetings, Ryan was a great listener. To that end, he showed his prioritization of a godly lifestyle because he dedicated regular time to being strengthened and encouraged by other Christians.
Ryan is a pleasure to be around and a disarming and gentle person to know. His character, while imperfect as everyone else’s, is on a wonderful trajectory and he cares about making sure that that is the case. He is very thoughtful and grounded person who strives to value relationships with people and with God as things that make life worthwhile. .