For two decades I was a ghostwriter for two national magazines, helping business owners and others relate dramatic stories of conversion experiences and highlights of their Christian walk. Some wanted to primarily describe an incredible event that took place 15 to 20 years earlier. That left me wondering whether God had done anything lately in their lives.
After a long time, I found myself in the same boat. Now, making a decision to follow Christ was a life-changing experience. It transformed me from a hard-drinking, self-centered, live-for-the-weekend type of person to someone who looks to the Lord for guidance and strength to deal with life’s challenges. But like I used to ask, you may be wondering, “What is God doing in your life today?”
For one, bringing us through the past few years of the pandemic and all its uncertainties, which seemed to accelerate in 2023. During the year, I had promised work never show up and two steady accounts vanish. In early January of 2024 I learned the author I had been talking with about ghostwriting his book had put the project on hold. The positive aspect of this is how God has humbled me and showed me I still have shortcomings to work on. I can see it’s a lifelong task.
That’s why “faith” is more than a cliché. To me, it is the lifeline that has brought us through adversity and tragedy. My wife and I have endured setbacks like the death of both sets of parents, struggles with life-threatening diseases, and the death of our second-oldest daughter in 2005. In November of 2017, an accidental fall at home required six weeks of concussion therapy. In recent years back problems have made chiropractic visits a regular routine.
Despite all this, we know the joy of a restored family, a marriage that has endured for more than 44 years, and the solutions that God brings into seemingly impossible dilemmas. We trust in Him to provide for our needs and lead us. I am still excited about what God has done in my life. At an age when many are looking to retire (or already have), I look forward to crafting more stories about the Lord’s work in this world.