When I was 12 years old, my parents sat me down and told me we were moving. They were becoming house parents at Big Oak Ranch, a Christian home for children needing a chance. It’s one thing to talk the talk, but another thing to actually commit your life to making a difference, and that’s what my parents decided we were going to do. My parents showed me through this sacrifice that life is all about what you do to serve others using the gifts God has given you. We stepped out of our “comfort zone” as a family, and committed to serving and loving God’s children that weren’t fortunate enough to receive that love from their own parents. Over the course of those eight years, I had the chance to be a brother to about 20 boys between the ages of five through eighteen. This incredible experience shaped me into who I am today. I learned to see the value in every person, no matter their circumstances. My biggest role in the ministry was to be the best example I could be to these kids who did not grow up having the good example to follow. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” This wonderful upbringing taught me to never be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, and watch what God can do through you when you take that step.
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