As a child I grew up being a part of a variety of different denominations. I have been Baptist, Church of God, Church of God of Prophecy, Pentecostal, Non denominational, Baptist again and now I attend a Four Square Church here in the greater nashville area. It is safe to say that I have been around long enough to know that no denomination has the market cornered on the "only way" to love Jesus. I believed God designed us to be different on purpose and Im thankful for that.
I attended a Christian elementary school and learned the basics of my faith there. I would pray many times for Jesus to come into my heart and forgive me of my sins, but it was not until I was 19 years old that I would pray that prayer and understand what I was asking. Up until that point, I had heard all of the Christian terminology so much that I had lost sight of what it meant.
Then one night at a bible study, it was as if God turned on the light. I remember thinking, "What does 'Jesus died for me' really mean?", as I thought that, it was as if God silently answered, "Jesus took your blame", in the blink of an eye it all made sense. Jesus loved me so much that he died and took the punishment for my sins so I could have a relationship with God. That is when asked Christ to come into my life and be my Lord and Savior, I finally got it.
From that point on, God has worked in so many different ways in my life. I would love to say that since then I have always been faithful to Him, but that would not be a fair statement. Over the years, I have drifted away and have been frustrated, angry, and at times even down right rebellious towards Him, but He has always been faithful and has never let go of me. He has instilled in me a desire to seek Him even during the times when I wanted to give up.
Even before I understood what Christ did for me, I had always felt a purpose on my life, a calling that I would be sharing the gospel through the musical gifts God has given me. For many years, however,I was terrified of the thought of getting up in front of people and telling them how to live a holy life. Who am I to tell someone to live a holy life? I was afraid of looking foolish or saying something wrong in front of others, but the older I get, the more God draws me to pursue His calling despite my humanity.
So here I am, just a simple man who has been broken by divorce, the loss of people I loved, and many of life's disappointments. But through it all God is still telling me to tell the world that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and that no one comes to the Father but through Him. Christ provides hope to those who seek Him and peace to those who are in torment. It is my prayer that through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ we all learn to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind and to love each other as ourselves. Christ himself said this was the greatest commandment and that if we can follow this rule that everything else will take care of itself.
My mission is to live that commandment and encourage others to do the same through the songs and testimony God has given me.