I’m an early edition Gen-Xer.
It’s odd that I start this biography with that descriptive, because I mostly dislike labels, especially labels that force some “thing” (or person) into one particular box. But Gen X does reveal something about how I see the world.
Paul said that in Christ we are all the same—there is no Jew nor Greek, no male or female, no slave or free—and we are all the descendants of Abraham. [Galatians 3:28-29] I really like that verse.
I like being my own person. I’m more independent that I should be—and I’m working on this—but I’ve always marched to the beat of my own drum.
Most of my closest friends live in cities far away from Birmingham, and it’s harder to find groups to hang out with when you move to a new city as an over-40 single. Since I’m pretty adventurous, I travel when I can and otherwise live a full life.
The Growth Mindset
I love to learn, experiment, figure things out, create new things from whatever I have on hand. Color me MacGyver.
I tend to be a DIY’er, usually out of necessity. There’s an upside, because you discover how resourceful you can be when you can’t pay for someone else to do whatever. You also get to use your gifts.
Example: In 1997-98, I taught myself how to build a website by reading a few internet articles on HTML and then looking at the source code of websites to reverse engineer the design. I then started a “blog” about one of my favorite bands, the Go-Go’s, and my favorite TV shows, The Avengers.
God has always been the source of my strength. He has never failed me and I know he will always protect me. See Psalm 91 & Philippians 4:13.
I believe we grow stronger in our faith through our challenges. Just like muscles are strengthened when we exercise, our capacity to trust God in everything grows stronger and more resilient as we rely on him in faith in all circumstances.
God has carried me, delivered me, through some extraordinary challenges and blessed me through those in ways that I usually didn’t recognize in the moment, let alone understand.
[Not to say I’ve always “liked” the challenges, but I’ve mostly recognized them as growth opportunities.] I’m still learning and growing in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
I Love God’s Creation
I love being outdoors, hiking, just hanging out with trees and birds—and God.
God spoke and created everything, including the systems that make everything work. Everything.
God’s Creation and the miracles displayed in nature feed my soul in ways that I can’t describe or explain.
Think about what happens when a tiny seed is planted in soil, given some water and light…. We get tomatoes and watermelons and olives and apples and grapes from these tiny little seeds. I am grateful that God created earthworms and spiders, all the bugs, to keep us humans alive.
And it’s not just about the natural world. God makes everything work together for good for those who love him and are called according to His purpose. [Romans 8:28]
Our Faith Journey Isn’t Always a Straight Path
I picked up a copy of Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird in the early 90s because I’d heard it was an amazing book on writing. It is that, but it’s also an enlightening look at Christian faith. I’m still a fan of Anne Lamott and also enjoy Donald Miller’s writing.
While I’ve sometimes struggled to connect the dots on the path of my journey, I’ve never been really afraid of anything. I am grateful that God has given me experiences to teach me how to rely on him for everything.
Professionally speaking, I’m a lawyer, entrepreneur, writer and digital communications person.
To come full circle, I’m old enough to remember the early 70s Coca-Cola commercial with people of all races and ethnicities on a hillside in Italy singing in perfect harmony about wanting to buy a home for everyone and furnish it with love, grow apple trees and honeybees and turtledoves.
His Kingdom is not of this world, but I think Jesus would approve that message. – Sheree Martin