I am amazed and humbled as I look at this 4th grade assignment that my Mom preserved in our family archives. Later she attached my school picture and framed it for me. Here are my life goals, according to 4th grade me:
1. Teach as much people about God.
2. Learn as much as I can about talking in front of other people.
3. Raise a good family.
4. Try to learn as much Scripture as I can.
I am amazed because this so accurately describes how God has led me through life and why I have established this Truth to Freedom teaching ministry.
I want to teach as many people as I can about God.
I have long believed that my spiritual gift was teaching. I gave my first sermon when I was seventeen years old. This was only a year after I accepted God’s call to give him my career for his service. I have been teaching ever since.
My great passion is to help people know Jesus Christ. I love to teach the truth of God’s Word so that God’s people can live a life of freedom (John 8:32). I want to see people learn to walk in intimate fellowship with Christ, live in victory over sin, and be equipped for a life of ministry. This is the mission of Truth to Freedom.
Intimacy. Victory. Ministry.
I want to learn as much as I can about public speaking.
I did not know in the 4th grade that I would major in communication at Appalachian State University. I did not know that I would earn two Master’s degrees in preparation for ministry with a particular focus in preaching. It is no accident that my father, Wayne McDill, was the senior preaching professor of the school I attended (SEBTS) for over 20 years and author of two books on sermon preparation and delivery. I did not know that I would return to Boone, NC to teach communication at Appalachian State.
And my journey is not over. I plan to spend the rest of my life as a public speaker, teaching God’s Word. I will continue to be a student of communication and public speaking, to be the best I can be at what God has called me to do.
In my next post, I will continue this little history by looking at my last two 4th grade goals.