Growing up the oldest of two boys, primarily in a single-parent home, I saw some of the stresses and day-to-day challenges that life could bring. My parents divorced when I was 2 years old, and my mother poured her life out to make sure that my brother and I had all that we needed, most of the times working more than one job to make ends meet.
As a teenager I found myself frustrated, broken, lonely and lost. I often turned to snobbery and judgmental actions toward others as a defense mechanism, all the while wrestling with anger and lust. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school that my world would be turned radically upside down.
One night, my uncle had mentioned that he had run into the actress Lisa Whelchel, who was my first celebrity crush. Growing up, I watched her on the showThe Facts of Lifewith my mom and my brother. I was immediately intrigued to know about where Lisa was today and where her life had taken her since the show ended.
Upon researching her on the Internet, I found that she regularly blogged about her life and her faith. Before long, I found myself coming back to her blog more and more and even reading archived entries to learn more about her relationship with Christ. While I had heard the gospel before and had moments of my life where I can now see God was calling me to Himself, it wasn’t until I began reading Whelchel’s blog that I had a desire to know God and pray to Him. God graciously revealed Himself to me and shone into my dark heart the light of the knowledge of His glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
Since that time, I have been constantly amazed at the goodness of the Lord. Through both hard times and good times, the Lord has been a constant strength, using each season to teach me more about Himself. I join King David in saying, “goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (Ps. 23:6).
Hope for The Village Church
My hope for The Village Church is that we would be a people deeply shaped and transformed by the beauty of the gospel for the glory of God.