About Me (Really)

I’ve been thinking about my About Me page. I wrote a bunch of teaching and writing4 square me experience in neatly ordered bullet lists. I’m telling myself, “That’s not what I’m about. That’s what I did in the work place for 40 years.”

So here’s another bullet list of stuff about me. I think you’d be more interested in this stuff than how many news stories I wrote or how many kids I taught to find verbs in a sentence.

  • God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I’ve combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God most Mondays-thru Fridays at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My s weet, love-of-my-life wife Marie and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I’m a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
  • I came to salvation at the cross of Christ when I was ten.
  • When I left high school I spent the next three decades back-slidden into some of the murkiest, disobedient, sinful cesspools imaginable. I was a prodigal son in spades.
  • For many of those back-slidden years I played church. I taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, led Bible studies. Read the Bible. Prayed. Doing all the things I thought would gain me acceptance from God while continuing to be sucked into the world and its lusts.
  • In 1985 God led me to Alanon (I grew up in an alcoholic home). Six months later I came to Step 1—Admitted I was powerless over my addiction and my life had become unmanageable. It was a milestone in my life. The next six years I learned true forgiveness. I also learned the only one I could control was me.
  • In 1986 I found a wonderful church, Frazer UMC in Montgomery, Alabama. My awareness of God’s love for me and His grace in my life continued to grow and mature. I started to learn how much God really loves me.
  • On August 11, 2000 in a Bible study class at First Baptist Church Atlanta, I learned my true identity in Christ.
  • That epiphany changed my life forever. I consider that day the second most important day of my life after the day I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
  • God has gifted me with a talent for writing. Today I use that gift to write devotionals to glorify God on my blog, For His Glory.
  • My passion is my mission statement: to help us all know, understand, believe and live out of our true identity in Christ.

Here’s some mundane stuff: My favorite color is blue (sometimes green). I’m a Capricorn (December 23)—but the whole astrology thing is hogwash. I love animals. I prefer dogs; I do not like cats. My favorite book is the Bible. My favorite movie of all time is Princess Bride (Yes, I cry). My second favorite movie is a three-way tie–The Book of Eli, The Blind Side, and To Kill A Mocinnbird). The back of my head has been published in Life Magazine. My favorite sports team is the Alabama Crimson Tide (college football). I’m retired. I love chocolate, yellow corn on the cob, and fried chicken. I’ve been on short-term mission trips to Argentina twice and Ukraine.  I love Vacation Bible School. I have no use for politics or religion, but I will talk about Jesus all day. I don’t call myself a Christian because no one can define exactly what one is. I consider myself an authentic follower of, and a disciple of, Jesus. My spiritual gifts are knowledge, mercy, exhortation and teaching. I believe every word in the Bible is absolutely true. I had open heart surgery in January, 2011. I’m a Vietnam era veteran. I spent my military career at Craig Air Force Base in Selma, Alabama. My first car was a Nash Rambler. While in college I owned (and lived in for awhile) a 1954 Chevy with the original headliner. Ob December 20, 2013, my bride, Marie, and I celebrated 20 years of marriage. My favorite things to do are read and study the Bible and spend time with Marie. We have a blended family and four grown children between us and two beautiful granddaughters. I love classic rock and roll. My favorite musical groups are the (original) Doobie Brothers and the Beatles. Both my grown kids are successful in their perspective fields. I have no idea when Christ is coming to take me and the rest of His children home, but I’m ready when He comes. I am allergic to ragweed and onion grass. I despise beets and I gag when I eat boiled okra. I can not stand to see children or animals suffer. I’m left handed. In the last year I’ve cut my TV watching by about 80 percent. I was born and raised in Shenandoah, Iowa, a town of about 5,000.

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About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.

44 thoughts on “About Me (Really)

  1. Wonderful About. I don’t know you at all, but I’m now sufficiently acquainted with you. I know that you are left-handed, as am I. I’ve always loved the Doobie Brothers. I too watch less TV, and I’ve never been photographed from behind. My head isn’t all that interesting, but apparently yours is. I love Jehovah God, and believe that He loves and blesses us. I believe that I am a spirit in human form, so my body is a shell. I’m thankful to house it, but when it’s time, I know I will have to leave it behind. I love l life, and making a difference, which I do using my one true talent: my voice! I’m not sure why I spilled all of that, and I’m certainly not trying to compare myself to you. I just started typing!

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    • We have a lot in common, Sparkyjen. I’ll follow up with you soon. And, yes, I’ll share my Achilles heels. If you’re a young 60, at 69, I must be an old sixty. Yes, I’d say we were both sufficiently acquainted. I must say, yours is the most delightful commentsI’ve ever received about my about page. I’m honored and grateful. :>)

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    • Thanks, me too. I have the Doobie Brothers farewell concert from 1972 taped on my DVD. I just need to find time to watch it.

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      • I traveled with them off and on in the 70’s and for their reunion tour in the 80’s. Tiran Porter remains a good friend. Still praying for his salvation. Good to meet you

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      • Amazing. I want to know more. When I heard them sing “Jesus Is Just Alright” I got hopeful that one or more of them believed the message, as rock-oriented as it was. Then I read somewhere that they sang it because they just liked the song.
        I grew up and played drums with the drummer for America. Don’t keep up with him now though. Got to see the Doobies in concert once in the 80’s when they played in Montgomery, Alabama. They’re still my favorite rock group. At one time when I was lots younger I could sing from memory most of their most popular songs, and even a few of the obscure ones. I used to listen to their albums over and over and over. I’d love to hear any of your stories. Could we swap emails so we could chat some more? Mine is stevesaw@gmail.com. Thank you so much for sharing. You made my day. I think I’ll go listen to the music. God bless. p.s. the best rock and roll song of all times is China Grove. Number two is miles behind.

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      • My email is cliff.craig25@gmail.com. Yes it would be great to share some stories.
        The 70’s and 80’s were some pretty crazy times. My ex-wife and I traveled with them whenever we could get away from work. By the time we met them they had calmed down a lot. Tom Johnston was on house arrest in CA. and could not travel. This was around the time Jeff Baxter (Steely Dan) joined the group along with Michael McDonald. Michael changed the dynamic of the band, some of the guys resented him because Ted Templeman their producer at the time really promoted Michael. Many of my favorite Doobies tunes were prior to his joining the group, although Taking It To the Streets is a great song. My favorite is South City Midnight Lady followed by Rocking Down the Highway. China Grove was by far the hardest to reproduce playing in a cover band as I did for many years.
        They had so many great songs it is really hard to have a favorite, favorite. Look forward to talking with you.

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  2. Hi Steven. Interesting thoughts on yourself. Seems we even have the R & R in common also. Have you read The Beatles, God, and the Bible by Ray Comfort? Thanks for the added thoughts good friend.

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    • Thanks, Mike. Have not read the book. I remember George Lennon’s comment that caused such an outrage when he said the Beatles are more popular than Jesus. I don’t know what the outrage was about. They WERE more popular than Jesus. They still are. So are root canals. Sad state of affairs today, My friend. Sad. Thanks for the comment.

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  3. The back of your head was published in LIfe Magazine? That’s – um – impressive. 😉

    Actually, I really enjoyed the information you shared about yourself.

    Thanks so much for stopping by Lessons by Heart and following!

    Tami
    \o/
    Praising Jesus for giving us such a big family!

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  4. Hey, it’s me again. This was fun to read. We have a lot in common. 🙂 Of course, I lived in Knoxville, TN. for almost 23 years….and to see that you are a Crimson Tide fan….well…..I might have to rethink this relationship. 🙂 Hahahahaha! Just teasin’.

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    • Actually, I’m an Ohio State fan now. To my way of thinkin’ Urban Meyers brought our traditional smash mouth SEC football style to Ohio State and the Big Ten. So the Buckeyes are now (in my football heart) an extension of the SEC. I’ll be rooting for the Buckeyes all year until the post season, when they will probably be matched against an SEC team. If that happens, of course, my loyalties will always be with the SEC. It’s in our blood down here. But until then, Go Bucks! They will probably go undefeated again. We’ll see if Michigan can spoil it, but I don’t think they will. See, you’ve got that Southern blood somewhere in your veins from all those years in Tennessee. I still, however, yearn for my Iowa roots.

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    • Dawn. I am working on my blog on wordpress and I am having to publish a bunch of posts again to get the blog the way I want it. I wish I could fix my blog without doing all that re-publishing. I’ve been doing it for so long and taught it till I could write in my sleep. One reason I write so informally is to get away from all the rules and just write like I’m having a conversation with someone. You’re a great writer, whether you admit it or not. That’s why I keep reading “It Just Dawned On Me.” I love the things you write about (and your photography) and the way you write to express yourself. Dawn comes through on your posts and you make me feel as if we’ve known each other since high school. Thank you for your comment. And your blog and your life and your farm and for your writing. I love it all. I hope we get to meet here on earth before Jesus takes us home. But, in case we don’t when we get to heaven I want to find a swing somewhere in a park and sit with you for a few decades and just sip coffee and talk. What a sweet piece of heaven that would be for me. God bless you my friend.

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