I’ve always said that I don’t like being put in a box. The problem is that when I see a shiny box, I leap into it like there’s no tomorrow. There’s a powerful attractiveness in the ease of maintaining a simple description. I am an aircraft mechanic. I am a PC technician. I follow Christ.

But what happens when these descriptions fail to capture the details? I cannot live without coffee. I have ADD. I am a cinnamon roll connoisseur. Sometimes I feel like my personality goes through a blender every six months and a new combination is made. I am a longboarder. I love cars. I want another degree. Other times the person I am is very different than what you’d expect. I love mohawks. I drink beer. I smoke cigars. Occasionally, I am not what I expect. I can be very pessimistic. I struggle with road rage. I am lazy. Yet, it is my earnest prayer that I will eventually claim this: “whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him (Phil. 3:7-9)” In the meantime, these words have resonated with me:

“I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I want to be. I am not what I hope to be. But still, I am not what I used to be. And by the grace of God, I am what I am. (John Newton)

I have always had a passion for flying, but I am continually in awe of where God has taken me in this journey. After high school, I applied to the Air Force Academy – six years, 4 colleges, two states, and a wife later, I graduated from Multnomah University instead. Over that time, God created an incredible desire in me to serve as a Missionary Aviator. I received my Airframe and Powerplant license as well and started working as an aircraft mechanic. I will be working on my private license with a goal of 500 flight hours required. Currently, I am paying off debts, bills,  and helping my wife along her journey of getting into nursing school.