I grew up as a pastor's kid in a Baptist church in a suburb of Dallas called Richardson. It was an interesting experience for me because I learned many of the moral values I would use later in life. I learned in seventh grade that morals would never make a person good enough to get into Heaven and have fellowship with Christ so I accepted Him into my life and truly learned the meaning of love, forgiveness, compassion, and mercy. My life has been up and down since then. I've continued to grow spiritually albeit slowly many times.
I have had numerous interests over my lifetime and so many hobbies. I raced small wooden cars with my AWANA group as a boy. We set up a gravity track and let the cars go to see who's was built for speed. I played football and tennis in middle school and went on to play tennis for a year in high school. I've been drawing pictures since fourth grade and finally started taking art in school seriously in eighth grade. Since eighth grade my art has matured and grown in idea and technique. I play a board game called Go which is the oldest board game known to man. The objective is to have the most terriotory or points on the board at the end of the game, but it really is so much more than that. There are billions and billions maybe even trillions of possible game combinations with a board sized 19x19 points and each player is allowed to play wherever they wish. The game has given me a powerful skill of observation and tactics. Its been a great experience to learn and use its applications in many different situations apart from games.
I also stay involved with the community around me. I recently participated in a charity event for my school called Love Week. We did a ton of different fundraisers to raise money for one of our teachers with Scleroderma, a terrible skin disease. The event became so huge we were on the local news and shipped t-shirts out of state! I am active in church activities as well, and I regularly go on mission trips. My latest visit was to Chicago where we made sandwiches for the homeless and served the Moody Bible Institute in their efforts to reach the local community and reach out to kids and give them the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also went to Mississipi after Hurricane Katrina with my choir to spread hope and love to a people desperately in need of it.