Seems like an odd title and an even stranger career path. While my military career in the reserves was winding down I started programming computers. I was writing front end applications for SAP software. Through this, I came to learn the inner workings of major corporations. 9/11 was going to change all of that. Our reserve unit was activated so I drove from Houston to Tinker AFB to report for duty.
We boarded an AWACS and I saw the strangest sight I have ever experienced, the skies were empty. Only the military planes under our control were flying. We covered the east coast mainly around Washington DC. It was a long flight from Tinker to Washington we would in air refuel twice before heading making it back home for a 14-hour flight. While the flights were long, there’s nowhere I would have rather been, our country had been attacked and it was up to us to make sure it did not happen again. The activation lasted through the second gulf war and we provided air surveillance of northern Iraq. Two years after being activated, we were deactivated.
The programming world had changed significantly while I was activated, everything had moved to the internet. So instead of going to school to get my programming skills up to date, I went to film school at Oklahoma City Community College. The program director was Fritz Kiersch, who directed Children of the Corn. The Artist in residence was Gray Frederickson who produced the Godfather movies, Apocalypse Now, and many more. While I was still a student they hired me on the first movie they produced in Oklahoma, “The Hunt” They hired me as a 2nd Assistant Director and I had never even been on a movie set. With a lot of coaching I made it through the production and all of a sudden I was a filmmaker.
Another opportunity in the film business was about to turn my world upside down. I got a call to help re-edit a film, so I went to the editing facility to check it out. I looked over the project and signed on to help re-edit Dinesh D’ Souza’s first film 2016: Obama’s America. I was about to learn what “fundamentally changing America” meant, and I did not like it. The country I loved, the country I had spent most of my life defending was under attack by collectivist. Dinesh changed more than my life, he changed my eternity as well.
Working with Dinesh I started to have my eyes opened, so I got his books on apologetics and read them. Here was an intellectual making an iron clad case for the existence of God. I was raised in a Christian home and there was never a time I didn’t believe in God, but I certainly wasn’t walking in lock step with him, in fact, you could say I was a rebellious child or even the prodigal son. So with a new challenging look at God, I found myself going back to college days. While I was studying physics, Carl Sager was all the rage. He had said “the cosmos is all there is, all there ever was and all there ever will be” So I had to dust off my college books and see if science disproved God.
A journey that lasted several years, I finally had arrived at a point to know that there was no science that disproved God. In fact, it was quite the opposite, God is real. So sorry Carl Sagan but, “God is all there is, all there ever was and all there ever will be.” Once you arrive at the point, that there is no maybe about it, God is real, then life takes on a completely different point of view. I know now, my job in this life is to love as Christ has taught us to love. Galatians 5:1 tells us how we should live “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”