I am thankful today for those people who invested knowledge & wisdom into me.
I’m thankful for youth pastors like John Hatcher, Randy Trotter and David Wilson. They poured spiritual truth into me faithfully and consistently. It paid off, gentlemen.
I’m thankful for teachers like my 10th grade geometry teacher who would dress up occasionally as “Mental Man” to help us learn a subject I struggled with… or Mrs. Koch, who taught me how to write a 5-paragraph paper so I would be ready for college. I still use the Pythagorean theorem to this day when working with wood. And almost every sermon I preach begins as a 5-part outline.
I’m thankful for professors like Dr. LeRoy Bartel who taught me to be passionate about accurately studying & presenting Scripture… and Dr. Linda Robins, who pushed me out of my comfort zone to teach me… or Dr. Amy Alexander, who proved to me that there are actually books out there that I would enjoy reading… or Dr. John Wycoff, who showed me there are depths to God that I can appreciate but might never understand this side of eternity. I am in large part the man I am today due to your investment.
And I’m thankful for leaders like Don Wiehe, who taught me that common sense and spirituality flow very well together… and Doug Fulenwider, who exemplified leadership in some of the most minute details that he probably doesn’t know to this day that I took note of… Others benefit now from the time you took to school me hands-on.
Too Many To Name
I’ve left out too many already. The truth is, we each have a large number of people who influence us, invest in us, educate us. We are who we are and can do what we can do because others have poured themselves, their knowledge, their wisdom, their understanding, their experience into us.
Is there someone in your life who poured themselves into you and helped shape you into who you are today? I’d love to hear who they are and how they gave you their knowledge or insight. Please comment below with their story.
And for all you overachievers- you know who you are- take time right now to read what Proverbs 2 has to say about seeking wisdom, knowledge, insight and understanding.
And then, why not take a moment to shoot them a text, email, social media message or call? I believe it will make their day.