–Oliver Wendell Holmes
For years my daughters have had a running joke that I’ll die, “And then we’ll have to go through your stuff and write the books!”
Now that I’m over 60, maybe I should have mercy on them and write the books and stuff myself. So that’s what I’m doing.
QUICK THREE LINE BIO:
I was a drunk for 14 years. My wife loved me anyway and still does.
Jesus is the answer. Whatever the question.
I’m on the radio in afternoons on New Life 91.9 in Charlotte, NC.
I don’t have any awards, official credentials, or special qualifications. I can be proud or defensive of that, depending on the day. But overall it’s kind of nice being an unschooled, ordinary guy. I’ve always liked the people who follow their passion and make a dent without credentials or permission from the authorities: Bill James; Vance Havner; Burt Munro; those guys who knew Jesus. If they can, we all can.
YES, YOU CAN
You don’t have to be a credentialed expert in the traditional, recognized disciplines. Some people excel in mastering the technicalities of nuts and bolts and parts. Others can take advantage of the work of those experts, but excel in seeing and picturing the thing the pieces add up to. We need more dot connectors.
You could be cheating yourself and others if you don’t take your potential contribution seriously just because you’re not officially accredited, licensed, or endorsed in an area you’re interested in.
But, you DO have to take being a contributor seriously. Abe Lincoln didn’t go to law school, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t study — he studied and learned the law he needed, and got good at it, on his own, case by case.
For me, this means doing some thinking in areas of my calling’s interest. I take what I’m already interested in and try to get expertise in that. I figure maybe God made me interested in certain things for a reason.
YOU COULD DO THAT, TOO
Make a contribution in a few selected areas, keep at it, and let it add up.
People way smarter than me say you can do it.