Describing myself seems to be a bit self-serving, so let me make this simple: I believe that I am best defined by relationships--starting with my relationship with Jesus. I am a Believer in Jesus Christ--who happens to be the Author and Finisher of my faith. I often fall short of what I believe I should be, but I desire to be a fully devoted follower of Christ.
I grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Graduated from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. Was a Youth and Music Pastor in Porterville, California. Was the Senior Pastor of New Life Assembly of God in my home town of Idaho Falls for most of the 80's decade. Moved my family to the Texas Hill Country outside of Austin in 1989 and have lived here ever since. My wife, Jody, and I have been married since 1975; have two wonderful grown-up children and five grand-children. I am presently serving as the Lead Teaching Pastor at Believers Church, Leander, Texas. ("OK, enough about me)
Years ago Carley Simon recorded a hit song called, "You're so Vain." There is a line in the lyrics that lands home: "You're so vain, I'll bet you think this song is about you." Well...is it true in my case? Do I think "It's" all about me? Am I so self-absorbed that I believe that the meaning of life (at least for me) is defined by the worship of myself?
No wonder King Solomon equated life to vanity. If I'm convinced that the song is about me, then I am helplessly living in a fictional construct that is thoroughly and ultimately vain. I am not the meaning of life, nor can I find the meaning of life on my own. I need the wisdom and life of the Almighty.
I started out to write some devotional thoughts based on the encouragement and spiritual nourishment that I find in the reading and study of God's Word. (The Bible) It is my hope that those who read the devotional thoughts written here are encouraged to pursue a deeper relationship with Almighty God, the Creator of all that is.
I recently heard a new "Church Hymn" called, "Let it be Jesus." The song beautifully articulates what makes my spirit soar: "Let it be Jesus, the first name that I call. Let it be Jesus, my song inside the storm. I'll never need another... For me to live is Christ. For me to live is Christ. God I breathe Your name above everything, let it be, let it be, Jesus." Amen and Amen, let it be. RJD