I heard my name called but didn’t really know where it was coming from until I turned around. Standing there just a few feet away from me was a friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in years. He was the web designer at a church that Stephanie and I were going to so he and I connected almost immediately.
Even though I hadn’t seen him in years, he remembered me. He knew me.
A few weeks ago, I heard something similar standing in line in Publix. A small boy, standing with his dad, looks up at me with a big smile and says, “I know you..”
Now throughout my life, I have been known by a lot of people for a lot of reasons. In high school, when others were wearing black members only jackets, I wore a purple one. The name “Grape Ape” stuck almost immediately. I was in art club, beta club, drama club, and others so I was known in a lot of areas.
After school, I got in to going to mini truck shows. Being the only one with a hydraulic tilt bed, (thanks Dad!) I was always asked to make the bed of my truck go up. Then the name “Do da bed” stuck. It wasn’t long before that name was heard a lot every time I drove up.
Talk to me in the fall and you will know me as a HUGE Alabama fan! (Roll Tide!)
In my career, I’ve been known as a draftsman, designer, project manager, service coordinator, operations manager. In ministry, I’ve been a youth chaperone, youth leader, youth pastor, and associate pastor.
Now, I’m known as a husband, son and most recently, daddy.
None of these would be something a 5 yr old boy would call me yet he knew me. I had no idea how he could know me until he let the secret out of the bag. “You’re Joseph and Jason’s dad!” Something new. Someone outside of our home recognized me because of my relationship to my sons. The life that I live as their dad is making me known to others, like my marriage to Steph has me known as her husband.
I’m ok with that. I’m proud of being both.
A day is coming where being known is going to be very important. It’s going to be crucial to where we spend eternity .
Matthew 7:21-23New King James Version (NKJV)
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
One day, we are going to breathe our last breath here and take our next one standing before the One who holds our very lives in His hand. We won’t have anyone with us to introduce us, tell of what we have done here with the time that we have been given. The only thing that we will have is the life that we lived here.
Recently I have taken on a new job that has a lot more requirements of my time than any other job before. It has taken away the time that I had to take the boys to school, the time that I had to be involved more in ministry, and it has cut down on the time that I have to spend at home at night doing homework and spending time with my family.
It’s not what I want to be known for. I want to live my life with more intention than just focusing on my job. I want to have a healthy marriage. I want to bring up 2 strong Christian men in my boys, and I want to be there for my friends and family when they need me. Most of all, I want to be right in the middle of God’s plan.
For now, God has me here for whatever reason that is. He opened this door and only He can release me and open another.
He knows the plan, because He knows me.