You want to know about me? Well, the title of the blog — “A geek for God” — says it all, really. The two most defining things about me are my “geekiness”, and my desire to serve God.
What is a geek? Well, the term usually means someone with an interest in one of any number of highly-intellectual pursuits: computers, science, mathematics, complicated strategy games like go or chess, science-fiction novels, etc. That describes me very well. I’m a computer nut — have been since I was five years old — and in the twenty years I’ve been fiddling with computers, I’ve learned a thing or two about them. I also enjoy science fiction, play chess just well enough to beat beginners and get (soundly) beaten by experts, and love logic puzzles.
But if all you knew about me was that I’m a geek, you’d only know half of my character, and the less-important half at that. The last two words in my blog title — “for God” — are even more important than the first two words. That’s the purpose of my life: to serve God. I realized many years ago that God deserves more from me than church attendance on Sunday and reading the Bible from time to time. Those are good things, but they’re not enough. God deserves nothing less from us than everything: our whole life should be focused on serving Him. Not out of religious obligation, but out of gratitude for what He’s done for us.
And so that’s why I’m where I am today: in Africa, working as the tech-support person for a missionary organization. Because I want to use the computer skills that God has given me in a way that will serve Him.