As I look back on my life, I realized God was guiding, protecting, disciplining, and challenging me to grow in His Grace. I came to a point when I asked myself, Who am I?
(Psalm 8:3-4) When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
I grew up in a single parent home at a time when this was uncommon. Unfortunately, I lost both my father and brother (1 yrs. old.) in a tragic DWI car accident in which my mother and I (3 yrs. old) survived. I was raised in a home that didn’t encourage or discourage God’s Ways. But God was working in my life. He brought us a Godly older couple (The Maxwells) who moved in next door to us. Through their efforts, I started going to a kid’s Christian camp where I was introduced to God’s Word daily. One night after one of “Uncle Dave’s” blacklight Bible lessons, I realized I was lost. It was then I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, I was 10 years old.
The next 10 years I struggled with living a Christian life. During this time, my mother remarried, we moved around a lot (5 times within 2 ½ years), lost a sister to SIDS, and went through my mother’s divorce. I was the oldest plus my 2 living siblings living in a single parent household again.
Throughout all of this, God was watching out for me. I kept involved with the Christian camp. At the age of 13, I decided I needed to follow the Lord’s command to be baptized. There was no better place to be baptized then the camp where I came to know my Lord and Savior. I was challenged by “Uncle Dave” as a mentor to have a life verse and an assurance of salvation verse (Romans 8:38-39) For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Another mentor, “Uncle Bill,” challenged me on how to live by Faith. “Uncle Dave” and “Uncle Bill” played major roles in my life. They constantly reminded us that “Jesus Loves You” no matter who you are, or what you have done but you need to choose! Choose Life (Jesus) by accepting His gift, or choose death by doing absolutely nothing. One of their sayings has remained a constant reminder to me of all those years of struggling with living a Christian Life …CHOICES!
During my years at the Christian Camp, I met my wife, Paula. We worked as amp staff in various areas but mainly as lifeguards and I was a scuba diver for the lake.
Paula and I were married in 1982. We have 8 children together, and 8 grandchildren. And over the years we have opened our home and family to include 2 “grafted in” daughters and their 5 children. The Lord has given to us bountifully and provided our daily needs!
We thank the Lord for ALL He has done. Through the good times and bad times, God is Faithful and we stop and remember…Who am I that God even thinks about me? Let alone, gave His Only Son to die for me?
It has been testified somewhere,
“What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet.”
Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers.