I was challenged by Steven Furtick (via his blog) to take the steps necessary to thank someone in my life. It is something I should probably do more often, but the busyness of life tends to get in the way. I could have picked any number of people to thank…no question about that. Scott Ockerman, however, has a special place in my heart.
When I was in 8th grade (middle school…a trying time for anyone), my family started attending Rochester Church of Christ. On Wednesday nights they put the Junior High in a small room in the corner of the church (probably a good idea!). I can recall sitting in a circle and listening to and discussing with Scott, our volunteer small group leader.
Scott’s life before Jesus was anything but perfect. He had made his mistakes. He had gone down the wrong road. He had been there and done that. But if I was honest, that is what drew me to him. He did not act like he was perfect. He admitted to a group of 8th grade students that he was a flawed human being…one that was saved by the grace of Jesus. It was that honesty that made my heart open to a relationship with Jesus. Scott was humble, non-judgmental, caring, and willing to have fun with a bunch of Junior High students…and he gave all credit to Jesus. I wanted in.
The next four years I allowed God to shape me into the person I am today. But it all started with someone overcoming his fear of prepubescent teenagers and showing us the love of Jesus.
So to Scott…I say thank you. Sorry it took so long for me to say it.
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Adam, my man, thank you for your kind words. And I must comment as well that you were the young man I absolutely was drawn to. You were young in age but maturing daily as I saw a boy growing into a man right in front of my eyes. There was something special about you from the get go. I remember watching you gaze off as I stood in front of the class; I just knew it wasn’t cause you were thinking about something else. Your heart was craving Christ and it was a beautiful sight to see. You had your daily teenage struggles but I saw a leader in you from the beginning. I knew Christ would be calling you to not just obedience but to help in His kindom cause. I’ve been proud of you Adam for a long time and there ain’t no question our God is smiling down on your ministry. May the grace and forgiveness of our heavenly Father always find its way to you, your peers, and to the teens that so often want it yet can’t seem to accept it. May you and your ministry be blessed in our fight to be difference makers. Thanks again for your kind words.