So, today is my birthday but I am not going to write how awesome I am or why people don’t remember me (which is not true) or anything like that. I want to write this as a thank you letter to all of those that have been apart of my quarter-century-life and shaped it to what it is today.
I want to thank God, the God of heaven and earth, for giving me my life because without Him I wouldn’t be here. I want to thank God for giving me breath each morning, to be able to have lived this long in His world because we should know that we might not be here the next day. I want to thank my mom, Bonnie, for berthing me and going through the pain and turmoil that giving birth takes upon that person. I love you mom! I want to thank my dad, Bernie, for “training up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 I know you weren’t sure if I would follow or not, but you still stuck to what God had commanded you in raising a son. Thanks for showing me how a Godly man should live his life and how he should love his wife and children. I love you dad! Thanks to both of you for how you trusted God in each one of our lives, for always loving us and disciplining us when we needed it. 🙂 Proverbs 23:13-14 “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. 14If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol (hell).” I want to thank my sisters, Janelle and Laura, for loving me and being there for me when I needed it, as well as telling me when I needed to give it up and stop what I was doing. Thanks for the encouragement and grace that you have shown me through out my life. I love you sisters! I want to thank my grandparents and my Aunts and Uncles and Cousins and all my other relatives for you support, encouragement and love over the past 25 years. I love all of you!
I want to thank all my friends for giving up their time to hangout, relax and chill; to play sports and watch sports; and do whatever other stupid things that we did. I want to thank one of my best friends Andrew, for sticking through it with me over the past ten years or so. We have had our differences, but you have always been around when I needed it. I want to thank James and Matt for being great friends and Godly men, always wanting to learn more and repent more, while leading others to learn more about Christ as well. I want to thank Corey, Brian and Kav for being good Bible Study leaders and great friends and for the time spent when I just wanted to talk. Your presence was always greatly appreciated. I want to thank Casey and my other Juneau brothers for sharing two of the greatest summers of my life up in Juneau Alaska, what a trip and what a time shared! You are all brothers in Christ and good friends to me! (if you didn’t mentioned specifically, you are in my first line… thanks for your time too)
I want to thank Pastor Doug Shada and my Uncle Doug for your time spent helping me get through a really rough time in high school. Thanks for your patience and thoughts on what was happening. I want to thank Bill and Kent and those in leadership with Crusade that has helped me over the past few years in growing in my faith and walk with Jesus. I want to thank all of my supporters as well, for letting me go on this great adventure and serve me in supporting me financially and prayerfully as I do God’s work in South Africa. Thanks to all who is letting God lead you in your lives so I could be able to see Him through you. Thanks also, for those Godly men that showed me how a true man of God should live and work in his day to day life.