This is a list of people whom God has used to build me into who I am today. This list includes family and friends from highschool, college, church, training programs, and drama programs. I attribute one quote (which mostly defines how they influenced or encouraged me) to each person, but each person, no matter what was said, has mostly influenced me with his or her life. I give the first and last initials of their names so that if they happen to read down the list, they might see themselves listed. Probably four-fifths of these people won’t ever read this post; nonetheless, it is worth writing, if not to remind myself, then to edify anyone who reads.
“I’m proud of you. You’re a man now.” W. G.
“God has some big plans for you, sirio.” K. G.
“I don’t believe that love is something you fall into. Love is something you grow into.” S. S.
“It’s time you man up about Truth! God has given you the ability to grasp It, so make a decision in your soul and believe!” E. L.
“I have high aspirations for you. You’re humble, willing, and seeking the Lord.” J. H.
“Don’t mess around. Seek the Lord and stay focused.” P. H.
“You’re afraid to be transparent with friends because they’ll hurt you, but that’s Christianity: being hurt by friends and loving them regardless.” N. S.
“When you go to college, two things: stay in the Word and stay in prayer. Without those two things, you’re done for.” N. J.
“Sometimes God leads us down a path, not for the destination, but for the gem found at the end, even if its a dead end.” R. P.
“There is no coincidence in the Christian life.” J. M.
“Your piano piece, Toccata, inspires me to keep on keeping on.” B. M.
“’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus.” K. W.
“In life, the world is going to try and destroy you with questions. I ask you questions to prepare you. If you can’t handle me, you won’t be able to handle the world.” J. M.
“Did you wrestle with God in prayer this morning? Do not leave the presence of God without being in the proper relationship with Him.” B. M.
“How much we are used of God does not compare with how much of us He can use.” E. H.
“Just remember, no matter where you go in life, you will always have music!” J. M.
“You will make mistakes. That’s life, but God will uphold you through your mistakes.” B. M.
“Reading about Uncle Tom dieing whets my thirst for heaven, when I will see Jesus, and sin will be done away with!” K. M.
“You and your older brother are very different. Don’t fill his shoes. Wear out your own.” B. W.
“When you go to college, don’t fall off your friends’ map. They need you, and you need them.” J. W.
“Remember that no matter how high you go up the business latter, you are not there to serve man. You are there to serve God. Stay humble no matter where you are.” A. O.
“I don’t care about your music. In a sense, I do, but there are more important things in life! There are kids out there whose mother’s are on crack, and they need the Gospel!” J. M.
“Even the way that you eat will determine how much energy you will have to serve your future wife.” D. A.
“No matter where you are or what you are doing, you are in the ministry!” C. G.
“There’s no question whether or not you’ll be in the music ministry. God has already used your musical gifts in the ministry.” M. R.
“You can never tell how spiritually strong someone is by looking at the surface. Just because some guy did something spiritual that you have never done, doesn’t mean that he has gone through what you’ve gone through, and because you have gone through what he hasn’t, you could be ten times stronger. Vice versa.” J. R.
“Be a man of prayer.” D. M.