In my first “official” blog post, I would just like to tell you a little about myself and explain the purpose for this blog a little more in depth. My name is Justin Carper, and I am totally new to blogging. My hope for this blog is not necessarily to give you something that you have never read before. In today’s writing environment, that is really not a possibility. My goal is to deliver content that you may have heard before but in a new light. I am not one to post what I had for breakfast and every meal in between, with a picture of each to boot. I do, however, feel a need to put down in writing my thoughts, if only for my own personal growth; although I believe that you will find much that you can use and apply in your daily life as well.
As I am sure is the case for many of you; I wear many hats. I am happily married to the love of my life. We have two beautiful children, a 2 and a half year old boy and a beautiful 8 month old baby girl. I am currently in a car dealership business venture with my father. While at the car dealership, I can be doing general manager type task one minute, washing a car the next, and then finalizing a car sale the next. I truly love what I do. I get to wake up every morning and change peoples perception of what the car buying experience can be. It is amazing how people perceive as a car dealer when they have been burnt so many times by other car dealerships . They automatically expect a high pressure sales environment, one in which the car salesman is out to get one over on them at every turn. While I cannot change the used car industry, I can positively affect the experience my customers have while in my presence.
One of my greatest passions is working with and growing our teen group at my local church. I have for the past six years had the privilege of opening the Word with our young people on a weekly basis. Our church is a smaller congregation that really gives it an intimate feeling. Our teen group is comprised of a great group of kids that I believe deserve to have the activities generally provided by the larger churches. While my number one goal is to help them achieve their God-given potential in life, kids do like to have a good time so we try to schedule as many exciting activities as we can.
It is a sad reality that so many adolescents, and adults for that matter, have absolutely no spiritual direction. Without this direction, they are like a ship without a captain; they constantly float through life without ever really arriving at a destination. To follow the analogy through, I hope not to be the captain of their ship, but to introduce or in many cases, reintroduce them to their Captain.