The first 20 years of my life were at home and at school. Growing up. Becoming independent and wise in my own eyes. I decided to become a software engineer when I was eight, got my first computer when I turned 10, and never looked back.
The second 20 years were my professional career. I became a Christian within days of my 20th birthday, but nonetheless, spent the vast majority of that time making decisions based on what would A) make more money and B) be approved by the people around me. For years the feeling of wind slipping through my fingers and the sound of the clock ticking have been more pronounced and disconcerting.
I’m 40 years old as I write this, and God has clearly set me on a mission to take a less traveled road. So, the next 20 years, as long as the Lord provides, are about Him, not me. Specifically, teaching the Word. Where I have to-date tried to squeeze in ministry around work, I’m hoping to do a lot more squeezing in work around ministry.
God’s Word and people are the only things that will last forever. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” (Isaiah 40:8 ESV) As long as God gives me strength, I want to spend it on these things. If I’m going to exhaust myself on anything, it’s that.
I’m a husband and a father, a son and a brother. I’m pretty nerdy, loving to learn about pretty much anything. I’m overly opinionated, typically pretty fun, and people tell me I am a big presence in any room. I love food, movies and playing games with friends.
And I’m caught in the overwhelming current of God’s love for me. Sometimes I swim with it, and experience with amazement the superiority of the life lived in Christ. Other times, I swim against the current, but He overpowers me and I go where He’s taking me anyway. So it’s important to know about me that I’m learning a little more each year to swim downstream.