Food: Anything with gluten.
Activity: spending time with my family
Sport: I love playing baseball and coaching my son in little league. And I LOVE college football. Roll Tide, Owls Up. And hunting and fishing.
Scripture: Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Reminds me to stop letting my heart get caught up in the chaos of life.
Book: The Elegant Universe - while not a Christian book, it inspires in my heart awe for God’s creation.
Place: Go west! I love the swamp at sunrise. It has an understated beauty to it that is lost in the hustle of today.
I was born and raised down here in South Florida. My parents attend Spanish River Church, our sending church, and were married there by David Nicholas, who baptized me. I never had a dramatic testimony, since I was, by God’s grace, raised in a Christian home. Nevertheless, when I was in my early teens, I was overcome with my own sinful heart, and my need for salvation and God’s grace. My mother was going through some serious health issues, and we weren’t sure if she would live or not. That was the catalyst that brought me to realize my own helplessness, sinfulness, and need for Christ to take control of my life.
When I was 17, I met Christy, who I would eventually marry. When I finished up college, I went on to grad school at The University of Alabama. The following 4th of July weekend, I was visiting Christy, and we decided to elope and get married. So we literally snuck out of her parent’s house at 3:00 in the morning, and drove to the Tuscaloosa courthouse.
For me, marriage has been the arena for God to work in me and really break down my idols and selfishness. Through my wife, God has been able to show me so many ways that I have idolized myself, my desires, and my dysfunction. It’s really amazing, since before getting married, I thought I was an awesome guy that a woman would be lucky to have. Lol. So far from the truth. My poor wife has gotten to be a part of God’s work in me, and has born that burden gracefully and lovingly.
I’ve been very privileged and blessed to be a part of the Avenue Church. Seeing God transform people and communities is an awe-inspiring and humbling experience. I love God’s blatant disregard for the status that the world gives us – wealthy, poor, smart, foolish, successful, whatever. He loves us and breaks us equally, and uses us to His own glory.
Advice: Remember that everything we do is a testimony to the world of the power, grace, love, and sovereignty of God. Act accordingly.