1. What’s something you’ve done that took a lot of courage to do? How did you feel afterward?
I remember giving a speech at Grandparent’s Day in 6th grade (I think). It was in front of hundreds, and I was terribly nervous. But I did it, and I did well. It taught me that speaking in front of crowds is not that scary. There’s not mush that could go badly. After doing it once, I was more confident to do it again and again.
2. What do you think are your best skills, talents, or personality traits? How can God use those in his kingdom?
God has blessed me with leadership skills, a relaxed personality, organizational abilities, the ability to understand Scripture and make it relatable, public speaking skills, and a decent singing voice. All in all, I feel like I am doing the best service to God’s kingdom that I can do with the gifts he has given me.
But I also have a passion to help men become better husbands and fathers. Not sure what God has in mind for that, but I’ll follow his lead.
3. Do you ever get jealous of other people’s skills or status? Why? Instead of jealousy, what is a better response?
I get jealous all the time! Maybe not as much as I used to, but more than I should. I see other youth pastors and preachers who get the big speaking gigs or book deals, and I wonder why I can’t do that? Or at least, what can I do to get to that point? I don’t wish them ill, but I want to do that, too!
I’m trying to become more content with where I am and follow God’s lead for me. I am trying to learn from these pastors, speakers, and authors in order to improve my own talents and abilities. I just want to be the best version of myself that I can be. (I see a major pattern playing out in my life! haha)