We Are Grateful Parents!

Yesterday was Kim’s 50th birthday. To celebrate, she wanted her family to be together at least for a few minutes. Fortunately, Zach was out of school for the summer and had the day off. Sean and Joseph were at church camp at Jonathan Creek. So, we headed to Crossings Church Camp for worship last night.

At the evening worship service, I was impressed with how accomplished the young adult worship leaders were. Those who sang had great voices, they were all accomplished on their particular instruments, … and they seemed to be humble (not doing it for applause).

But, I particularly noticed the drummer. He was having fun … and he was incredible!

After the service was over, I hung out with Zach and Kim in the chapel and the drummer came over to visit with us. He and Zach were friends and got to know each other at the BCM (Baptist Campus Ministry) at Murray State. He was from Nigeria and had a beautiful, thick Nigerian accent. Yet, while it might seem that we didn’t have much in common, it became obvious that his love for the Lord was genuine. Immediately, I saw him as a brother-in-Christ. I loved that my son had made such a wonderful friend!

Then, I went outside with Zach and Kim as we made our way to the car. I heard someone yell, “Zach!” Another young man from Nigeria jumped out of a parked vehicle, jogged over to Zach, and gave him a hug. He, too, was someone Zach had befriended at the BCM and was working at Jonathan Creek for the summer. Again, it became clear that this young man wasn’t a nominal Christian – he was the real deal. He loved the Lord. When he said that he was recently working in the kitchen and I jokingly asked him if he was a good cook, he smiled and said he was doing his best but that he was “doing it for the Lord.”

As we got home last night, Zach and I chatted in our kitchen as we enjoyed a snack before bedtime. I talked about the seeming confusion and frustration that we experienced a year earlier as he was trying to determine which under-graduate school to attend. There was much prayer put into it but we weren’t always sure what direction the Lord was leading in. Yet, as we look back, we realize that God honored those prayers and put Zach in a great school, with a great Baptist Campus Ministry, where he would get a good education while making wonderful Christian friends for eternity.

Kim and I repeatedly express to each other how grateful we are to God for giving us three wonderful sons and for His grace that He lavishes upon us. He really does love His children and answers their prayers!

God is so good!!!


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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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