My Biography

One of my favorite reading experiences over the years is biographies. I have probably read over 50 biographies of different people and am in the process of reading a couple of new ones right now. I think the all-time favorite that I have read four other times is “George Mueller of Bristol.” He was an amazing man of faith and prayer that accomplished an amazing amount during his life through prayer.

I was thinking about my life the other day, and wondering how a biography of my life would read, whether it would be boring, instructional, motivational, or totally uninteresting. As I think about it I know it wouldn’t be much about my accomplishments. My life can be described as being on a ride. I haven’t really done anything, I have just been on this ride where lots of things have happened around me, to me, for me, and in spite of me. I remember as a kid going on a trip on a train, sitting next to the window watching things go by wondering what was coming next. That is how it has been my whole life, just waiting for what is next.

Romans 8:28 is certainly a Bible verse that describes my life. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

I tell a lot of stories about how Patty and I met and got married. The bottom line in all of those stories is that I was just at the right place at the right time and it all worked out.

My journey as a pastor is pretty much the same, I have been in the right place at the right time most of my life, and things just sort of happened, none of which I can take much credit for.

We are praying right now for ten hours each day at JBC for our Missions ministry, and I have been remembering various experiences of traveling around the world and the opportunities that have dropped into my lap, into the lap of our church, that have turned into great and very rewarding ministries. My question to myself most of the time is, “Now, how did that happen?”

So, here I sit, looking out the window, wondering what is next, I bet it is going to be fun.

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