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Favorite Photos of 2022

My dad was featured in my “Favorite Photos from 2022” post from a couple of days ago, so I figured I would continue with that theme for another day or two. 

Today’s favorite photo from 2022 was taken on a beautiful Friday afternoon in September.

A long time ago—it seems like a whole other lifetime ago—I owned a Harley-Davidson. I used to love to ride that thing. 

I really had my priorities straight in high school! I bought an $800 Ford Ranger to drive on most days, and an $8,000 Harley-Davidson to drive on the really nice days. My brother, Brian, also had a Harley-Davidson. The two of us, along with our dad, put in quite a few miles and enjoyed our fair share of Poker Runs. We even drove down to Daytona Beach, FL to see what “Daytona Bike Week” was all about.

Again, this feels like a whole other lifetime ago.

Several years after graduating high school, and a little over a year after Jodi and I were married, we became missionaries with YWAM (Youth With A Mission). We did a Discipleship Training School in Nashville, TN. It was a life-changing experience for us. God used that time to completely transform our hearts and minds, and to prepare us for a life of following Jesus. After the Discipleship Training School, and after spending time overseas as missionaries in the nation of Turkey, we felt like God was calling us back to YWAM for the School of Ministry Development. We only had one problem… we had spent all of our money getting to Turkey.

We were going to need several thousand dollars to do the School of Ministry Development, which would ultimately take us to Egypt, where we would serve as missionaries for a couple of months. 

I didn’t have several thousand dollars, but I did have a Harley-Davidson.

While performing music at a motorcycle rally called “The Blessing of the Bikes”, I was approached by a local Pastor who knew my story and offered to auction off my Harley-Davidson right then and there so we could raise the necessary funds to do the School of Ministry Development and get to Egypt. 

I said, “Let’s do it!” He took the mic, explained what was going on to the crowd, and the auction started. 

Ten minutes later I had no bike, but I had the money that we needed in order to do what we felt God was calling us to do!

While my brother and I no longer have our bikes, my dad still has two Harley-Davidsons. This past summer we started pulling them out on Friday afternoons to go for a ride. I don’t know if it is the bike, or the beauty of just being out in God’s creation, or if it is the fact that I get to do it with my dad, but I really enjoy those Friday afternoon bike rides. 

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