So far, I have been a son raised in a challenging environment, a student who didn’t take advantage of his opportunities, a husband who has married better than he deserves, a father of three boys all of who can make any second of any day richer than he can fully express, and a servant of the church.
Oh, I’ve been other things, too. A grandson to two sets of endearing grandparents who were quite different from each other. A friend, a nephew, a brother, a teacher, a boyfriend, a cashier, a groundskeeper, a farm hand, a dishwasher, a scholarship winner, a writer, a Boy Scout, a musician, and the list goes on and on.
At the end of it all, I am a person very much like any other person. I may do a better or worse job at expressing my humanity. I may do a better or worse job at making decisions. I may do a better or worse job at learning from my mistakes (or making or avoiding mistakes). But no matter the contrast or comparison, I am very much like the majority of humanity.
There is one thing, though, that sets me apart; I fully believe in the Word. Not only do I fully believe, I have also prayed to the Word and asked Him to forgive me and to renew me. I want to overcome. Though my life is being expended (just like yours is at this exact moment), I am now living out my salvation with my eye on a world that has not yet been realized and of which I long to be a part.
Who I am? While I am filling the role of Jason Lanier, being a devoted husband to Vince Lanier, and being a helplessly enamored father to Ellis, Liam, and Oliver, and a fulfilling my role as a servant of the church, I am also still working out the answer to that question.