I am 46 years old, an introvert by nature, and I was raised by loving parents who stayed married for over 50 years. I have been married myself for 24 years to the same woman, and I have four children of whom I am proud.
My parents raised me going to Church every Sunday. I became a Christian at the age of 8 and have stayed fairly committed most of my life, I went to Bible college for five years and entered the preaching ministry 25 years ago. I have served six different Churches in 4 states. I have worked in a tiny Church and one with almost 300 people. I have worked in one of the oldest Churches in Indiana and started a new one in Iowa. I have been in ministries that were incredibly difficult and enjoyed seasons of overwhelming love and support.
Most of my life has been spent in the Midwestern part of the United States. I spent 11 and a half weeks in England one summer and five years in Alaska. I have never lived or even visited the east or west coast.
My hobbies include hunting, fishing, and metal detecting. My dad raised me to be a trapper which I enjoyed till the market fell through in the ’90s. I spend most of my free time outdoors, but when I am inside, I take pleasure in coin collecting, reading, watching sports (especially the Packers) and movies.
My life experiences include the death of my best friend two weeks before I went to college. I also lost my dad two years ago who was one of my best friends in the world.
I am blessed beyond measure both spiritually and physically. I have suffered several dark nights of the soul, but God’s grace has brought me through. Failure has been a faithful companion on every stretch of this journey, and I thank God for Jesus daily.
These are some of the things that make up my life. These things affect my views more than I like to admit. I try to mold everything I do on the words of the Bible, but unfortunately, I keep getting in the way. I am biased without wanting to be simply because of my background and life experience.
Recently I heard a wise pastor talk about doing a complete life assessment. He looked at the dynamics of his life along with the background of his wife. With every new avenue he traveled he discovered something about himself that deepened his faith and understanding of God’s work in his life. I think I am beginning to understand what he meant.
I think it is a profitable journey for everyone to know their influences. You need to search through your family history and see how it shaped who you are today. None of us came to this point in our lives without a long road behind us. Take time this weekend and this season to think about all the things that mold you and your faith. Perhaps you will find something that sheds light for the journey ahead and makes your path easier to walk.