The real start of my life was on the evening of November 10th, 1973, in a little Pentecostal Church in Bellflower, CA.. There are too many details to cover, buy the salient point is: I walked in being one sort of individual, and walked out a changed young man.
Stumbles along the way since? OY! And Absolutely. There were many.
Being "born again" didn't make me an instant expert in life - and I had plenty of "intellectual" pride that had to be dealt with.
It's a hard lesson to learn the difference between "intellect" and "intelligence." - and I still get a jolting reminder of that from time to time. So I turn with great frequency to Proverbs 3 to get a booster shot. And I am sure you remember how terrifying getting those booster shots were when we were all at Southside (my school); Central; and Bay Haven. Ouch!
Just like when any baby is born, I had plenty of "goo-goo-ga-ga" moments, and "soiled" my self plenty along the way.
Right on the heels of this Damascus Road occasion, I still experienced a divorce, loss of contact with my sons, perilous financial times, confusion about "the next step."
Gradually it came to me that The Cross has absolutely nothing to do with religion - no matter how much people try to appropriate His name to establish one. And He didn't seem to keen when folks wanted to rope Him into their agenda for political purposes. He showed up for any and all who respond to Him to establish a relationship. And He wasn't kidding when He said what He said in John 14:16.
Things picked up in November of '74. I met Susan - a young widow with two young daughters. We got married that New Year's eve after six weeks of "courtship;" four of which I wasn't even in the same town as Susan. No kidding!
We just celebrated our 36th last New Year's Eve. Proving to me - even in the empirical sense - that God's plan is hands down better than mine.
I adopted the girls - who grew to be smart, beautiful, determined, and successful like their mother. I consider them my Board Of Directors and Susan is the you know what....
Philippians 3:7-14 is certainly appropriate to explain my P.O.V. on it all.
My career is public enough and doesn't merit elaboration, except to say that it has blessed me and allowed me to do things and be in places that many do not get to go.
I am still active in "The Biz" doing voiceover work and music.
But for me, it is one big mission field. You would be surprised at how The Lord is at work in these fields. Maybe even stunned.
In closing, I would for you to take this to heart; something I used to hear each Friday night Shabbat services at a summer camp in northern Georgia that I attended in the mid-fifties which was owned by a Rabbi.
Numbers 6:24 - The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
I intend to see you in May, and am looking forward to it.
Here's the crew - and me too...