I have decided to chronicle my woodworking journey as part of my therapy and boy do I need it! I am 65 years old, a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and a disabled Vietnam Veteran. Oh yea, I’m also a Pastor of a Christian Church here in Waco, Texas. You’d think I had plenty to keep me active. So why would I want to add “Woodworker” to my titles?
It’s simple, I have Liver Cancer and PTSD from Vietnam. Agent Orange isn’t so good for the liver.
I came to a point, after fighting this cancer for two years where I had to ask myself, “Do I live each day to my best ability or sit around and wait to die?”. I ran across LumberJocks and a bell went off in my head, “I can do this too!” I started to get excited! I ran out to my man cave, that is currently a junk room and said, “This is going to be my woodworking shop!”
I’m not a TV preacher (Thank God) so I have limited funds. My shop space will be only 10×10, but it’s all mine! Just starting to clear the room out has already proved therapeutic results both for my cancer and my PTSD. Obviously my first “Project” is simply to clear, plan the layout and come up with a plan of attack. I’ll be posting my progress and looking for YOUR INPUT as I start this new adventure.
I have a second reason for blogging this journey, which just occurred to me, maybe some of you could use a little inspiration to get off your pew warmers (butts for the nonspiritual among you) ;).
One final thought. I said this is for therapy. Understand that if I don’t stay busy with a variety of activities, I’ll sit here and focus on the bad, I choose to focus on the good. From what I’ve already seen, there are a lot of GOOD Folks here on LumberJocks.
Finally, if sharing an occasional Bible verse offends you, then just don’t read them. ;)
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!