I grew up the first of seven children in San Luis Obispo, a small town on the central California coast. My dad was a mechanic, my mom a full-time mom, and I was a nerd before the word was invented. Poor at sports and friendship, I focused on the world of books and science.
Though my parents were adult converts to the life of Jesus and I talked the talk along with them, I was cold, self-absorbed, and shut-off. I “prayed the prayer” and confessed faith in public, but my life was not really changed until I came to an abrupt halt at age nineteen. My life made no sense, and I was depressed much of the time (but smiling!). Then I reluctantly agreed to give in and let Jesus rule in my life, and the change was like night and day.
I’ve done a lot of exciting things–directed relief on the Cambodian border, married Prinda, a lovely Thai girl who has become my friend, counselor, and the mother of our two daughters; taught English and public speaking here at Cal Poly for 20 years–but nothing compares with that burst of life and light that Jesus brought into my life. and he has continued to give himself since I first surrendered my life to him.