In 1991 I was a student at NCSU and things were going well, or so I thought. I was actively taking scuba diving trips to northern Florida’s caverns and the keys, I obtained my private pilot’s license, and had a fast black motorcycle. Life to me, at that time in my life, was a continual pursuit.
It was after a failed circuits exam that I began to really question my life – I had become bone-weary of this pursuit and was ready to quit. I told God to take my life and do whatever He wanted – if only he’d give me some purpose, peace, and rest.
I’m no poet, but all that I can do is tell the story that has unfolded in my life since that time. First, I stopped drinking. Completely. Second, I began to trust God with my life. Instead of pursuit of the next hobby or passing fancy, I surrendered to let God build my life according to His leading.
Relying on God developed and built my faith. My career in Lean Six Sigma requires that I solve problems. Some of them are straight forward, but many have been very complex.
In over (20) years of consulting and over 1 million miles on Delta airlines, I’ve relied on God’s insight and strength. From St. Louis to Towanda to Cincinnati and onto West Monroe and 100’s of cities in between, the number of times I’ve asked for His help and insight are countless. I’ve never traveled alone.
My relationship with God today is the reason that peace is a part of my life. Perfection – nope. Since my personal pursuits ended in 1991, God has worked in and through my life to build lasting & eternal endeavor.
Every week I take a moment to drop a marble in a jar. Why? The marbles represent time, or more importantly, the passing of time. I take a quiet moment and reflect on the past week. Did I take time to worship and thank God? Did I abide with Him? When the concerns of the world came in, did I go to Him?
I then pray about the upcoming week. What can I do that’s lasting and impactful? Where does God want you to go? Who does God want you to be with?
Now all that’s left to do is live. I go and run my race. I number my days and make each one count. Finally, I pick up a marble and put it in my pocket for the week ahead as a constant reminder.