My dad. He was a barber, then an engineer. He was consistent and godly as can be. I'd wake up in the morning and he'd be reading his Bible. He had more than 40 years of faithful marriage to my mom. And he hardly raised his voice or lost his temper.
What person in history would you like most to meet?
Some of the great missionaries of the past, like William Carey or David Livingstone. They left everything behind for the purpose of the gospel.
Your most memorable spiritual experience?
The privilege of leading my kids to Christ, and as a pastor being able to baptize them. My job is to spiritually influence lives, and to be able to do it with your own kids is something I'll cherish forever.
Something most people don't know about you?
Nobody would guess it, but at times I'm very shy. When I walk into a place where I'm not in my pastoral role, I want to stand in a corner. My wife has to push me forward.
Is there one thing you can't stand?
I'm not a patient person. If it takes forever to go somewhere, I get frustrated. Which is odd, because in Mexico City, it takes five hours to cross the city.
What's the most important thing you've ever learned?
It's something I'm still learning: the importance of depending on God. My parents raised me to believe in myself, and I'm a very confident person. But I'm learning on a daily basis the importance of depending on God.
James D. Davis
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