Jennifer and I are packing and driving to Florida today after church. We have to pass our children to their grandparents so that we can jump a plane to Bali for our adventure there. While we are gone a series of posts will publish each morning. Each post will honor one man or woman that believed in me at a pivotal time in my history. Some of them took small chances on me and others took much larger ones but they all took a chance. Interestingly enough these are also the men and women who have been most influential in my life. They have shaped the way I father, husband, preach and pray. The list is in chronological order and the list will likely continue to expand as God prolongs my life. I hope you enjoy learning about these people as much as I enjoy bragging about them. I plan to tell a short story about each of them and mention the one major contribution they have made to my existence.