Ever since Mrs. Wynn, my high school English teacher, praised an essay I wrote comparing Dead Poets Society to the life of Christ, I have known I'm supposed to write.
I just didn't have anything to say.
A college journalism professor discouraged me not to pursue a graduate degree. He said, “You already know how to write. Go learn something to write about.” Without knowing it, I’ve spent the last 20 years following his advice.
My journey has taken me through naiveté, addiction, hubris, isolation, rock bottom, shame, fear, redemption, community, cancer, pain, awakening, and beauty. My career has taken me through journalism, advertising, entrepreneurism, and ministry. Along the way, my writing has won awards in community journalism (Amon Carter Award from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram), fiction (Lu Spurlock Writer’s Contest from the Trinity Writers Workshop), education reporting (School Bell Award from the Texas State Teachers Association), and public relations (Crystal Commendation from the Texas School Public Relations Association).
Four years ago, I left my career in advertising and communications to work full time at my church. I now serve on the executive team at Irving Bible Church where I oversee community ministries.
I’m still not sure I have much to say, but whatever wisdom or beauty might sometimes leak out is dumped here. Thanks for reading.