I was born in a small town that was the county seat in
the state of Indiana. Our family moved from the farm
lands of Indian to the steel mill area we all called the "Region".
My dad worked at the steel mills for several years.
Those years were the most stable of all the years of my
youth. The years before and after those years were
stressful for everyone in our household.
I grew up the oldest of three
children, and the only boy. We were poor, but we did not know that.
We did not have a lot but my parents provided everything
we needed. We had periods where there was not
enough to pay all the bills but somehow, our parents made it
all work. The hardest part of life was the
non-stop arguing that filled our home. Seems they were daily
and always loud. There was no hiding in the house
to get away from it. We simply pretended is
was not happening. We just turned the volume up on
the thoughts and fantasies of our imaginations and
Our family was a functioning but broken family. My
sisters and I came out pretty good people over time.
Seems we all left the family patterns behind. I
don't know about my sisters but it took me a lifetime,
and I did not learn many lessons until my children were
grown and on there own.
There is much of my
childhood that I have no memory of. Not sure if
that is good or bad?? I always knew
something was not right in our home, but not sure what
it was. Family could be a fun
and a happy
place, but ours was quit often not so much fun.
There are good and bad in all our childhoods,
adolescents, adulthood, and yes, even into the later
years where I find myself now. Still feeling
young, but the body is getting slower, and more out of
shape. But this is a good thing. It
has given me some time to think and reflect on what was,
and what will come. I have some time right now to
consider the past, present, and future. I have for the first time control of what is
to come. I can put a plan together through prayer
and guidance from God. I don't have to answer to
anyone except God and my wife. I have full
control. Any failure I may have is within the
control of God. And therefore, will serve
and lessons both good and bad. The rain
falls of all people, good, bad, saint, and sinner, all
experience the rain.
At this age, finally, I am
setting a goal that I will see out until the end.
Not meaning to sound morbid about it
have about 20 years of life to live if all goes
well. And I have a twenty year plan for
these years. I hope and pray that I can serve God
in many ways as Mike On A Bike from Lakeland Florida,
PRESENT & FUTURE:
And that brings me to who I am
becoming. I often joke there are two
personalities; Michael Madison and Mike On A Bike.
I speak of myself in the third party often these days.
Michael Madison and Mike On A Bike.
-Michael represents the past and
old person living in the flesh for self. The one that had to learn lesson after
lesson, mess up all the time, and jump off a cliff
without thinking. Always saved but most often not
demonstrating who I am in Christ Jesus.
-Mike On A Bike represents the
kinder, more caring person I am. But much more;
through Jesus I am becoming much more than Michael
Madison could ever be. My desire is to serve God.
My desire to give my time and energy. I start each
day with a desire to serve God in the ways He would have
God has opened a lot of doors for
me over the past 3 years. Six years really; Three
years serving the tech needs of Highlands Baptist
Church, now Parkway Baptist Church, and Highlands
Christian Academy, now Parkway Christian Academy.
And now three years with a personal ministry. A
ministry on two wheels, and a wife who stand
side-by-side me as we try to do good for others.
As Jesus has shown His love to
us. We share ours with all those we know and