Hey All! My name is Benj, and this is my blog. Let me tell you a bit about myself:
I was born in SC to a good solid Christian home. My dad was on pastoral staff at a good church, we had family Bible time nearly every night, and we prayed together regularly. We had the Christian version of the American dream. Well, when I was 5 years old, my family moved to Japan for a year to be short-term furlough replacement missionaries. My dad and his siblings grew up in Japan as MKs (my grandparents have been in Japan for over 50 years now!), and his brother needed to take a furlough. Long story short, we ended up staying in Japan for three years, and at the end of that time, we felt that God was calling us to Japan as full-term missionaries. We came back to the States for deputation, and moved to Japan full-term was I was 12. I was there until I started college.
During our first trip to Japan, I got saved one night during family devotions! I don’t know the date, and I can’t tell you what Dad had talked about it, but I do know that the Gospel clicked in my mind, and I asked Christ to come into my heart and rescue me from my sin, as only He is able to do. I doubted my salvation for a time after that, because I still disobeyed my parents, and I was still mean to my siblings. I later settled that with God, though, and I am fully convinced that I am a Christian! As a Christian, it is my responsibility to be growing, which is where this blog comes in.
I’m the type of learner where I can read a chapter, have some idea of what I read, reproduce it on a quiz/test, and then promptly forget everything I read. I don’t retain information very well unless I write it down by hand, preach/teach it to myself, or work through it systematically out loud. Lord willing, this blog will accomplish all three. This blog will be a collection of my thoughts and the lessons God is teaching me. As far as I’m concerned, all my posts are open to discussion, but I do ask that 1) all comments be posted in the spirit of contribution, 2) any disagreement be expressed kindly, and 3) all criticism be constructive.
The pretty girl in the picture with me is my wonderfully amazing wife, Kate. She and I met on a blind date (that’s a long story all by itself), and I knew she was special right from the start. We hung out a bunch after that first date, and I asked her to date me in August of 2014. She agreed! We dated for a little over a year, and I asked her to marry me in October of 2015. She said yes!