Being born and raised right here in Lansing, I grew up, for the most part, Baptist. With that, we went to church every Sunday morning, every Sunday evening, and of course… every Wednesday night. Any time there was a revival, we were there for that also. I was one of a handful of kids who also attended the Christian school that was operated by the same church. Looking back, it almost seems like I spent as much time there, if not more, as I did at home. Outside of school and church, the only other interaction I had with any other kids was with the few that lived down the street.
As I grew up, obviously I hung out with other people but there still seemed to be a rather small group of “regulars” that I spent most of my time with. Don’t get me wrong…. I had some great friends back then. We would hang out and shoot pool, go to the movies, hit Taco Bell at all hours of the night and polish off a grande meal – for starters and we would even manage to get into a little trouble from time to time.
All in all, though, I was a pretty laid back guy. I wasn’t, and still really not, into partying all that much. Never got into drugs, fortunately. Had a few beers on occasion even but never really got hooked on alcohol either. In spite of all of that, I guess you could say I hadn’t really experienced “life” up to that point. I mean, growing up Baptist, remember, I was even baptized at 13 yrs old. Why? Because it was the thing to do. I mean, come on… how many 13 yr olds have really experienced “life” in a way that the whole concept and meaning and significance of baptism actually caused any kind of paradigm shift or life-changing events, right?!
Seriously, though… I do think, even though I was only 13, I believe there was something that did happen that day I made the decision to be baptized. On one hand you could say I lived a bit of a sheltered life but on the other hand I don’t really know that I would call it that.
Fast forward to… the here and now. Almost 41 yrs old – having been baptized a second time (about 7 yrs ago) – life has taken on a whole new meaning. There have been many ups and downs, good times, not so good times, downright horrible times and times in between. But all of those situations and circumstances have shaped me into who I am today.
This is why I started this site… to use it as a tool to share with you, or… whoever… might be going through some tough times of their own. The good news is, you can and will get through it. It may not be easy, but I guarantee it will be well worth it. Take it from me… the high road isn’t the easiest – but it is the only way to go. Having said that… let’s roll.
And props to my buddy Rick Bartrand over at www.1narrowpath.org and www.bonafidedesignstudio.com for being a cool dude, taking some sweet pics and spending hours and hours talking and downing gallons of coffee as we kick ideas and stuff around! Thanks dude!