As I get older, it becomes easier and easier to see the places in my life that were a turning point. You know, hindsight is 20-20 and all that. What’s interesting about these moments is that when they come, most of the time you don’t recognize them for what they are. Here are the significant moments in my life that I would point out today:
1. The day that my mother dedicated me to the Lord, when I was an infant, and became convinced that I would do something significant with my life.
2. The day in high school when I chose to pursue music rather than drama, which in turn helped me decide what college I would go to.
3. The day I surrendered my life now and forever to Jesus Christ, in a pasture in Bogenhofen, Austria.
4. The day that I lost an election for editor of the Campus Chronicle at PUC (yes, lost). It led to me coming back to work at school that summer, where I met my future wife.
5. The day when I realized that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with my girlfriend, who became my wife.
6. The day I finally got the courage to mail off my first book to be published.
When they happened, there wasn’t a feeling that what they decided would change my life. And I am not one of those who believe that God has a “right” decision for every one that we make every day. I am of the opinion that for most life decisions, God works with us whatever we decide. But there are a few that are so significant that they serve as crossroads in our lives.
It’s important to remember that those decisions are only recognized as significant in retrospect. As writers, we need to remember that, both for the way we portray our stories and the way we live our lives.