A little over 17 years ago, Amy & pulled into Smyrna with a loaded down Uhaul truck a dog & two boys. Seth was 7 and Zac was 9 months old. Amy & I have seen God do some amazing things in those 17 years. We seen Him save many marriages that had one foot in the grave. We’ve seen many people receive the promise of new life after being redeemed by the grace of God. We’ve been privileged to watch God bless LifePoint with amazing growth, both numerical & spiritual. We’ve been privileged to see many people give up everything & move to a different culture to give their life to serving the purpose of God in bringing people from every nation into His kingdom. Amy & I are so grateful & blessed by the growth that we’ve seen God bring in so many ways. And, one the greatest blessings has been watching God grow up our two boys, Seth & Zac.
Seth is now 24 years old, married & serving God as a missionary in Bangkok, Thailand. His doctrinal integrity & biblical insight is amazing for a 24 year old. His passion for the glory of God among the nations is inspiring. And, his love of his wife & the Thai people make a dad’s heart proud. Amy & I have been blessed to watch God grow him up in so many ways.
Zac is now an 18 years old graduate headed to college on a partial football scholarship with the thoughts of majoring in pre-med to possibly do medical missions. Obviously, he got his intelligence from his mom. We’ve seen this baby grow into a boy & now into a young man…in every sense of the term at 6’2″ 240.
God has given Zac a heart that hurts for people who are far from Him. I’ve seen him invite every kid he knows to church. There are probably 25-30 students in the youth ministry at LifePoint as a direct result of his influence. People have told how he has boldly shared his faith with many students, especially exchange students from other countries. And, I’ve seen his heart break while watching people bow down & worship false gods in Buddhist temples in Thailand.
God has given zac a passion to speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. I’ve seen his eyes well up with tears while visiting orphanages in other countries. When he was in the seventh grade, he received $20.00 for some occasion. He took it to school…without him mom or I knowing. The dad of one of his classmates had suddenly & tragically died. So, the school took up on offering. Zac took the $20.00 out of his pocket & gave it to the boy. I asked him why he gave all his money away. He said, “Dad, he needed it worse than I did.” I was so proud I wanted to double his money on the spot. He taught me a valuable lesson that day. I learned the Biblical principle of how our heavenly Father wants to bless those who are generous with what He has entrusted to them.
God has also given Zac an incredible ability to lead. I will never forget how proud I was when Zac was voted by his teammates to be captain of the football when he was a sophomore. Ever since he was born, I’ve said, “Zac will change the world…for good or bad I don’t know…but he will change the world.” Now, I know he’s going to be used by God to bring many people into His kingdom.
Words cannot express how proud I am of this young man. Words also cannot express the gratitude Amy & I have for those who have partnered with us in molding Zac into the man God has created him to be. We’re thankful for the teachers, faculty, staff & coached at Lancaster Christian Academy for the role they’ve played in Zac’s development. We’re grateful for the small group leaders & youth pastors who’ve worked hard to preach & create an environment that calls students to have heads full of knowledge of God & hearts full of passion for His global glory. We’re grateful for all the friends who’ve told him the same thing we’ve told him. We’re grateful for all his family who’ve loved him & taught him many life lessons. I’m grateful for his mom who’s loved & nurtured him & held him when he was sick & hurt & stayed strong when he would forget who was in charge. But, most importantly, I’m grateful for our amazing God who created Zac & wired him exactly as he wanted him to be to bring glory to His name.
Zac, I’m proud of the man you’re becoming. I love you & I’m blessed to be your dad. But, don’t ever forget, no matter how big or old you get, I can still take you down in the blink of an eye.