A Day In the Life of a Pastor -Shout out Sunday!

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Shout out Sunday! I am writing this in honor of my beautiful niece, Julia. When she and my sister-in-law picked me up at the Nashville Airport, she asked, “Can I get a shout out in your blog?” I thought about it and I think I will make this a regular segment. Seven people who I am thinking about this week. Doesn’t mean I don’t think about more of you – just people who caused me to pause for an extra moment this week. Let’s do this…

Julia Bonham. The instigator of this post deserves the first shout out ever on this blog. Julia wants to go to culinary school to become a pastry chef. The more she told me about it in the car, the more I wish I could enjoy the amazing morsels she makes. She has helped and worked at her local bakery in Tellico Plains for a long time. I am reminded how cool it is to be young and have a dream. Thanks Julia – you make me want to dream more!

Cade Weldon. Another amazing young person. Cade is a sophmore at Jefferson High in Tampa and the starting quarterback. He is gifted, talented and comes from a long line of amazing athletes in his family. Another thing about Cade, he is one of the most honoring, respectful, humble and nicest kids you would ever meet. When he threw four touchdowns to start the season last week, he followed that up by bringing three of his teammates to church. He introduced each one to me and made sure I got all their names. This is an amazing kid – watch him! He might be the next FSU quarterback. Beyond that, I hope he continues to impact other people’s worlds like he impacts mine.

Chris Jericho. Yep, that Chris Jericho. I have been blessed to know the “The Human Highlight Reel” for a long time. He is an amazing entertainer, singer, writer, and actor. What a lot of people don’t see is the gracious, giving person he is. When he found out about a funeral of a mutual friend, he made sure that he and his wife were there to support the family. I don’t put celebrities and athletes on a pedestal, but I admire the “Chris” I know behind the scenes. He could be so busy, but to take the time to love on a hurting family means more to me than he will ever know.

Allan Andreasen. This is my friend who we lost two weeks ago. I can now share that he struggled with depression and took his life that night. It is a terrible disease and I can’t even begin to imagine the painful journey it took him through. I can appreciate his years of support, words of wisdom and way of pushing me to grow. He was one of the good ones you want to never lose…I am sad that we did. I will miss him. I often talk about the “Tampa family.” He was one of the first ones to adopt the five Bonhams into his.

Jodi Labban. Jodi is my trainer and the owner of FIT Personal Training and Group Fitness. At the time of this writing, I weigh the same weight as when I trained for a marathon. I am stronger and in the best shape of my life. She didn’t give up on me when I couldn’t do certain moves or got down on myself. She pushed me for more. Today, I see and feel the results of her coaching. I need to workout. I have enough stress and pressures in my life. With her workouts, I let it all go. For a short person, she stands tall in my book.

Tracy Wells. This is my sister. She had a tumor the size of a racquetball removed from her skull this week. I amazed at her determination, fight and continual love for the Lord. She might be “beat up” here…but she will win. I have seen grace and beauty in many forms. It was a whole new look when I got to see her for the first time after her surgery. She is an amazing mom, wife and leader. You did good, Trace! I love you!

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There you go! Shout out Sunday! Enjoy your week!

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