There are too many things that touch my heart & let me know that I am indeed blessed beyond measure.  If you have received an e-mail from me, you will notice that my signature ends with g/1.  It’s a reminder of who I am… one under grace.  This is how I feel.  One living under God’s grace each day.

I’m so grateful that God has brought us to Taiwan.  Something about being where God wants you to be brings tremendous amount of peace to your soul.  I’m so grateful for our partners in missions.  God is using you to sow seeds of the gospel here in Taiwan.  I’m also grateful for OMF International, who guides me to honestly examine my inner person & enrich my personal walk with Christ Jesus.  I am more convinced than ever that Jesus is everything in life, especially to me.  “My cup truly overflows…”  I even get to run again despite my aging neck!

After Jesus Christ, I must thank the Lord for my family, my wife of 21 years and our 3 children, who follow me wherever I need to go with trust & joy.  They teach me about God’s love & grace.  As some of you may know our son, Ethan, will be going back to the U.S. for college this fall.  I’m so glad that he has a perfect heavenly Father to compensate for his earthly father.  God has done a wonderful job of raising him as His child.

This week, I want to share Ethan’s poem which was printed in his yearbook.  It reminded me of many things.  Here it is…

Make the most of it all; be grateful you’re here

‘Cause you pause, blink twice – there goes another year

And hey, don’t shake who you were made to be

Washed pate, cleaned slate, the re-bridged dichotomy

All this made possible by God-given grace

So look up and be last, give ‘em a taste

Of what living life is, of vivacious vitality

It’s taking real-life risk with a sense of security

Paradox wrought, compliments of the Son of Man

Peace and purpose in the architect of the plan

“and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.  For

even the Son of Man did not come to be served,

but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

(Mark 10:44-45)