We all have a story. It can usually be defined in just a few words. Mine has had many names:
- When I was 14, after completing my 2nd rehab, my story read “Drug Addict”
- At 19, my mom died of cancer and left me to find my path alone, my story read “Angry with God”
- When I was 21, I married and within 6 months learned my spouse was having an affair and wanted a divorce, it was “Divorce”
- In my early 20s, I buried myself in my work to escape my troubled past, and my story read “Workaholic”
- Thankfully at 25, I found the girl God intended me to spend my life with, and my story read “Second Chance” or as I like to say “Great Salesman”
- Later that same year she was diagnosed with Cancer, and my story read “Take me instead”
- When I was 30, my son was born, and my story read “proud dad”
- At 34, while I was working as a middle manage and completing my MBA, it was “Career Seeker, MIA Husband, and Fun-Time Dad”
- At 35, I found myself running a $600 million sales division with 100 employees, and traveling non- stop with work. My story read “Home on Thursday”
Some might think I hit my bottom at 14 when I finally broke free of the drugs. For me, it was just the opposite. My bottom came when I was at what most would call a mountaintop. I was leading a large sales division, building my dream home, and completely empty inside. All the demons I had been running from since I was just a boy were staring me in the face.
That’s when I met a friend named Jesus. It was there I finally surrendered my pride, and let God take charge of my story. The moment I did, everything changed. He’s been teaching me how to be a Shepherd to my son, and he’s called me to share what I’m learning with others along the way.
God doesn’t intend for our past to define us. He wants to use it to refine us for what’s to come. He pieces together every page that has been written, and then uses it to write a better ending with our lives. I’m living proof of it.
I’m passionate about Speaking, Writing, and Helping others connect to their Mission Field while nurturing God’s treasure. Being a father and husband is one of the greatest jobs in the world, and I feel pretty lucky God has allowed my mission field to be right smack in the middle of corporate America where my light can shine brightest. You can learn more about me, and the story I have to share, by visiting www.homeonthursday.com, or follow me on Twitter @cbaum2015