Out of the Fishbowl
I grew up as the son of an officer, a pastor in The Salvation Army, which really means that I grew up in a proverbial fishbowl, with everyone always watching me. I was a good kid and really didn’t act up much; I also didn’t have many friends and spent a lot of time alone. It wasn’t until high school that I finally found friends. Unfortunately they probably weren’t the best influence for me; I started to get into partying and some other things that really weren’t good. At the end of my sophomore year the worst thing in the mind of a young teenager happened, my parents had to move from our current location in Massachusetts to western Ohio. I was angry with The Salvation Army and God. As with many teenage tragedies, things weren’t so bad, I found new, Christian friends and got involved in school again, but I didn’t really mend my relationship with God.
After high school I started attending college where I finally found a personal relationship with Christ. I started attending a multi-denominational campus ministries group where I could really find myself in God and worship Him without being watched constantly. Finally, I was able to experience God without being “in the fishbowl”.
After I renewed my relationship with Christ, things really started to fall in line. I got a promotion, got married and had a beautiful baby girl, I realized my calling too! God wanted me to become a pastor with The Salvation Army, which I had once promised myself I would never do. Everything fell into place, which I guess goes to show you just exactly how perfect God’s plan really is.
Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”