I wrote a book! I never thought those words would actually be true. And to be quite honest, without COVID and a shutdown of my office that forced me to get really introspective, it likely wouldn’t be true. But it is crazy what happens when you are a major Type A schedule guy and your world as you know it falls apart. What do you do? How do you react? What is next? How do I navigate this?
That is exactly what I faced, like many of you, in March of 2020. For those of you that don’t know me, I am husband to Amy. I am a father to Blake and Jace. I am a dentist. I wear many other hats, but those are three of the big ones.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 4:30 pm I furloughed my all-star dental team. I had no choice. We closed our office to all but emergency care. We had no idea how long it would last. We had no idea what was next. I was struggling with the biggest uncertainty possibly of my life. So I decided I needed guidance, big time. So I made a goal of sitting in silence alone with my breathing, my thoughts, and my God for 30 minutes a day. I would set a timer. My mind would wander, but I would find peace in the midst of a storm that was raging with no end in sight. And I heard about words like presence and impact and urgency and now.
And I started journaling with purpose. And listening. And having conversations. And actually opening myself up to possibilities. And being ready for whatever might be next.
Out of all of this, the idea of writing as a way to impact the world for God was born. I will be quite honest and vulnerable here. I have taken a big chance and a big risk by putting myself out there. It is quite a leap to have your words be available for anyone to see. But that’s the thing. When you are safely in the boat near the shore there is very little risk and quite honestly very little chance for reward. But if you get out of the boat, in the storm, in the deep waters, and put yourself out there, God can do great things for his kingdom and his purpose.
I have no idea what will come of all of this. But this I know—I am excited. I am excited to take this journey of life with you. I am happy to share my words. God provides the words. I just try to get them down the way he would want me to.
Thanks for stopping by. Please check back soon as I will dive into more of the story. God bless you.