Ain't Turning Round
the story goes...
that my Aunts’ took me shopping for an Evel Knievel action figure, featuring a red daredevil jump ramp. You know, the motorcycle toy you pull backwards for power and then release, shooting Evel onto the ramp and into glory! Apparently, I wandered off, and my Aunts’ found me singing, “If Your Happy and You Know It” under a clothes rack. Twenty something years later, my daughter Emily was born, and my life took a turn from those daredevil days.
We sent out Emily’s birth announcement and my wife’s childhood best friend, invited us to her church. I thought that’s nice, but church was the last place I wanted to be. The first Sunday we visited, Bro. Bob found me and said, “You should join the choir!” I think he said that to everyone. Over the next several weeks we visited the church, but I did not join the choir. I listened to the preacher, looking for an opportunity to judge him unworthy of my time. But the Lord, had me, hanging on the preacher’s every word. After a few months, of taking a hard look at my life, I surrender my ways, and reconciled my relationship with the Lord.
Here I was in my late twenties, a full time dad, a tired husband, a freelance graphic artist, and a “wanna be” worship leader. Next thing you know, the preacher’s wife asked me if I would consider teaching a high school Bible Study. She must have known that I couldn’t say no. You see ten years prior to her asking me this question, I’d written my mom a letter from boot camp, telling her I sensed the Lord calling me to work with high school students.
I thought that was really weird, because I certainly wasn’t living for the Lord. Not to mention the fact that I was about to be a U.S. Marine. Little did I know, that in the next few weeks I’d be in Camp Pendleton’s Naval Hospital, and on my way to a medical discharge. Even in my rebellion the Lord was guiding me!
Sunday morning rolled around and there I was, sitting in a renovated garage, about to lead Bible Study for a group of ninth graders. I don’t recall much about the study, but I know the peace I had in obeying the call. Nine years snuck by in a hurry, doing my part to make disciples of Jesus Christ. I finally joined the choir, sang a bunch, learned to play guitar, and write my own songs. Plus, I made some life long friends along the way.
While working in youth ministry, I landed a freelance gig with WisdomWorks Ministries, making art for their PlanetWisdom student evangelism conferences. Soon, WisdomWorks hired me full time, but funds ran low, and they became my first client. This made me a first time business owner; I never really wanted to be a business owner, but it gave me the flexibility to do what I do now.
Currently, I spend my time home schooling my daughters, making graphic and recorded art, leading worship, and writing songs. Making art that serves you and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is what I do.
Blessings to you,