I spent much of my childhood,
as many of us do, trying to understand where I fit.
As part of this pursuit, I invested much time in many seemingly useless
talents: amateur magic, unicycle riding, juggling... Since running
away and joining the circus didn't really seem to be a good idea, particularly
as I wasn't really good enough at any one of these talents, I continued
to pursue a place where I belonged. Suffice it to say, none of these
unusual talents did anything towards helping me fit in better with
my peers! What did make a difference, however, was when I entered high
school and God began to impress on me that His love for me, and the
sacrifice of His Son at the cross, was not to be taken merely as theology,
but as something which had great personal application for me!
In High School I was extremely quiet, speaking only to very close
friends, thinking it safer to not talk then to risk being misunderstood.
When I went to the University of New Mexico I determined to find a
church where I could hide in the back, nobody would challenge me to
anything greater, and I would never have to speak of my convictions
Somehow I ended up in the Great Commission Church student group and
I have spent much of my adulthood, as many of us do, trying to understand
where I fit.
IN that pursuit, somehow the boy who hated to speak and was determined
to remain hidden became a pastor who delights in the word of
God so much that he relishes the opportunity to find ways to communicate
However, I still fear being misunderstood and I still share that same
sense of not quite fitting in anywhere. I have come to understand
that it’s a universal feeling, born of the fact that we are not
home, but on a journey. A journey I’d rather share with
you, then walk alone.
In 1989 I was extremely blessed to marry my college sweetheart and together
we’ve raised seven kids: five homegrown, and two we’ve
adopted from Ethiopia.
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A wise man attacks the city
of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust. (Proverbs
It was for freedom that Christ set us free. (Galatians 5:1)
If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.