Some of you probably know that I’m more than halfway through my first-ever book, which I intend to finish, and with the help of God, publish by the end of the first quarter of 2015.
The book is inspirational in nature, drawing lessons from the lives of some of the world’s greatest and well-known athletes from past and present.
But the book’s inspiration somehow was influenced by the life of my eldest sister Julie, whose husband passed away several years ago after battling with cancer.
Since the passing of my brother-in-law James, one of the most brilliant and hardworking businessmen as well as loving father I know, my sister had to literally take on the dual role of a dad and mom to her three kids.
Their once thriving furniture business eventually closed down just before my brother-in-law passed away due to the high medical maintenance bills he incurred due to cancer.
In retrospect, taking the dual role of a dad is mom is not easy. And I’ve seen her work doubly hard in order to make both ends meet. Yet, through her hardwork, buying and selling various stuffs, her eldest son, JJ (Jerahmeel) is about to graduate from high school next March.
All her three kids are scholars, while she regularly shares how God worked things out to provide for their daily needs.
It’s through that backdrop that I got the inspiration to write my first book, which Ava and I pray will leave a lasting mark in the lives of my future readers and hopefully, help them develop a closer, stronger relationship with God.
2014 has been a roller-coaster ride for some of us, and that includes my family.
Yet, through the lessons we learned this year, we believe God is moulding our character and preparing us for greater things in the future.
Let me leave you with this passage from Jeremiah 29:11 (The Message translation) – “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”
Blessed New Year everyone!