Today's Featured Biography
The following is my feeble attempt at a 20 year fluff, puff, & random stuff update:
I was born a poor black child...wait, that's not me, hold on...
I did not have sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky...doh! wrong channel, sec...
I am an errand boy sent by grocery clerks to collect a bill...whoops, too much Americana has clouded my mind...
My first few years out of high school were spent in a semi-daze, brought forth by an excessive party attitude and the zombie inducing environment of public higher education. Hung on at the U of A for a few semesters before losing a scholarship (supposed to GO to class? Oh the humanity!) & being thrust out into the real world.
So, went from being another brick in the wall to actually laying bricks, along with other real estate construction related activities. The Good Lord is smart. He knew His plans for me even while I was not interested in Him. During these handful of years, I also stocked shelves at Wal-Mart, managed a Harps store, & trained secretaries at a telephone answering service. I can say "Hi, how may I help you" & "the customer is always right" with 10 different voice inflections now.
Somewhere shuffled into that time I came close to marrying twice (not 2 women at the same time, 1 each time, separately). Love is primarily a choice in case you never thought about it that way. They both chose to say no (not 2 women at the same time, 1 each time, separately).
At 24, I returned to the hall of the Razorbacks, armed with a little more humility, wisdom, & stronger immunity against man-centered humanism. Received a BS in BA with a minor in finance in 1994. The university's real estate instructor offered me a position at his downtown firm the day of final exam. This was a great blessing as the thought of developing a resume & pounding the pavement made my head hurt like eating ice cream too fast.
At 26, was on the way to BS'ing in BA on a full time basis in the real estate field. Touring properites was one of my great interests, but I discovered people are more interesting, ecletic, and 'historic' than any Victorian bed & breakfast in Eureka Springs. Once drove onto an old log cabin property hidden in the hills of Madison County where the gate sign said "my pitbulls can make it from the house to this fence in 3 seconds - can you?" Needless to say, I did not get out to knock on the door.
In 1998, per Matthew 4:19-20 (it's a Bible verse, some peeps don't live life according to polls or pop culture you know), I 'laid down my net' to pursue a more direct calling. For the next 3.5 years, had the great priviledge to travel America & the globe as a servant of the Gospel. Places visited include India, Turkey, Mexico, & Honduras, plus a quaint Mennonite town that looks like the set of 'Leave it to Beaver'. Was ordained a minister (yes He does work in mysterious ways) in 1999. If you ever get an opportunity to go on a missions trip, take it. Your favorite padded pew, La-Z-Boy chair, & stadium bleacher will still be waiting when you get back.
In 2000, I accepted the great honor of instructing at the ministry's private school K-12. I taught geometry, calculus, Bible study, & English literature, in addition to the college level computer science class. You don't know living until you've talked smack about 'Pilgrim's Progress', 'Beowulf' & Shakespeare with 14 year old prodigies.
A Kingdom educated hillbilly is a dangerous opponent of the status quo, by the way ;) . Grace & mercy, in case you were wondering.
In 2001, the door was opened to return to my old real estate firm part time while teaching. I took this as a sign of Providence as there are no paid salaries in a 'faith ministry' and, although five lovely couples (husbands all Bulldog '86 alums) shared the vision, it was not quite enough. I still have never had to develop a resume for employment...just gotta stay away from the ice cream now.
Nowadays, I'm learning the ins & outs of entrepreneurship as my real estate practice builds (appraisal, sales, consulting, court testimony). I teach multiple Bible studies, & once in a blue moon speak at public gatherings. One great pleasure is supporting missionaries and 'under the radar' ministries. There's enough rich preachers in three-piece suits. I like to invest in the little guy hehe.
Life is a little more settled & slightly boring these days. But, you seen one Turkish prison or machete wielding native you seen em all :P .
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