"What do you do?" is a question that I always get when I meet people. It would be narrow of me to describe myself as an electrical engineer. That is only one aspect of my life. I love being a husband, a father, and a follower of Jesus. I also like to read, do woodworking, travel, and dabble in electronics.
Early in life, I wanted to be an airplane pilot, then an ecologist, then I decided I wanted to build things. I was always mystified at how things worked and constantly taking my toys apart (and sometimes building new ones). I guess that is the curse of the Engineer. I wanted to learn the magic of how all of this neat stuff worked.
Eventually, I decided on Electrical Engineering. It's a neat story. In high school, I worked a retail job and that led me to the conclusion that retail wasn't my thing. My girlfriend (now wife) told me about the "Youth Apprentice Program" and through that program, I got an after school job at a local utility. They were going to allow me to work during the summers while I went to college. It wasn't long and I was able to connect the things I was learning in school to the things I was doing at work. That led me to decide on electrical engineering and I went on to complete my degree.
I was offered a career engineering position at the utility. My fiancee was also offered a career accounting position where she worked through school. Everything fell together for us to stay close to home and get married. We settled in our hometown, right across the street from her parents, built a home together, and we now are parents to a beautiful little girl and two sons. In short, my dreams came true. I am extremely blessed!
My wife and I have been blessed with three wonderful children.
Jesus - The Most Important News I'll Ever Share
As long as I can remember I've been seeking. Seeking the "Why's" and the "How's" of the world. I remember wanting to learn the magic of how things work in elementary school. I would take my toys apart. I would ask questions all the time. I just wanted to know. The desire to know isn't limited to the physical nature of things. Even at an early age, I remember looking out the window of our car and saw the sun setting and thought, "God had his hands all over our world." The world was filled with wonder and mystery and beauty. God showed me through that simple act that He did in fact exist. It wasn't that cut and dry. I would visit that question often.
But at the time, deciding there was a God, I sought for his approval. God's approval was elusive, I was always making mistakes and doing things wrong. As I got older, it became easier to understand my dad's answer to my question. After all, the world with all of it's beauty is also fractured. I explored the possibility that God didn't exist and that people had made Him up and that the Big Bang plus Evolution described everything. The Engineer in me liked this option at first, but I found it is incredibly lacking in explaining the root cause of all things. After all, if we can't build it, we really don't know how it works! Also, in my heart, I know that life is more than collating atoms. I only have to interact with another person to know that. My wife and daughter remind me all the time that there is more to life.
I wanted to know about Jesus and read the Gospel of John. Through that Gospel, I learned a few things.
I trusted in Jesus to remove my sins and he did. If you trust in Jesus to remove your sins, he will. At that point, we die to our sins and live to Him.
So, I'd like for you to imagine something I experienced in a dream. I was reaching up into heaven toward God. I could see God looking down on me and my every move. Everything around me had a purpose, but my hands were too short and I didn't know how to build a spaceship that would reach God. But, with human arms, God reached down to me and embraced me. All I had to do was embrace Him back. So, I started out looking for the "How's" and the "Why's" and instead the "Who" that is Jesus found me and He changed my life! I still explore Him and I'm still amazed at this great world He created! I'm still not perfect, and I'm thankful for His grace!
If you'd like to talk more about Jesus, I'd love for you to contact me.