I grew up in Madison and attended Madison High School. When I was a Junior, I met my future wife, Sony Dragseth. I had faithfully attended church with my family while growing up but I wasn’t sure about whether God was real. I was ok with church and with my Christian environment as long as I could take God on my own terms. As Sony and I spent time together, God used her to help me understand that He is real and that He has invited us to know Him personally. Sony shared many bible verses with me through her early version of Living Letters. I remember her sharing with me Jesus’ words to Nicodemus, “with all the earnestness I possess, I tell you this, you must be born again in order to enter the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3). We discussed many other passages, especially in John, and she gave me a copy of Living Letters which I read chapter by chapter. We argued about theology and I may have occasionally won a battle, but with God’s help, she won the war for my soul.
We prayed and I invited Him to take control of my life on His terms. I confess that I have broken my promise (to live life on His terms) many times. He is real and through the years, we look back together with great appreciation for his sovereignty and blessings. He has given us four daughters, Kelly, Jackie, Angie and Sally. God has brought many men of mature faith into my life. I am privileged that they have called me friend and helped me grow in my faith. Sony and I have experienced God’s grace through some tragic difficulties that only he could help us with. God’s plan for our lives has been better than anything we could have imagined.
We are both retired now (Sony taught school and I was a regional manager for a building materials manufacturer). We find our purpose defined in 2 Peter 1: 3-8. “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Confident in His love for us, now and in eternity, we desire to be effective in knowing him and making him known.