Forty years ago, sitting in Dan and Trula Cronk’s living room in west Nashville, a much younger version of Susan and me decided this couple exuded a quality we desired to imitate. It was obvious that Dan and Trula worked intentionally to stay alert, engaged, active and involved in serving others in the later years of their lives. Many other people at their age seem to do just the opposite.
During the years we have had the privilege to meet a wide variety of people, many living in the later years of their lives. I understand that sickness can greatly affect how anyone feels. Yet, there seems to be a pattern in people who intentionally continue to find ways to serve others, and they seem to maintain the quality Dan and Trula possessed.
At different times during the past 40 years, Susan and I have paused to think back to that time. We have discussed how we felt then, and we have asked God to help us to stay active. I’d say that has been a continual prayer that we’ve shared, in spite of a plethora of very hard and negative life experiences.
Fast forward to December 4, 2014. The Council of the International Training Alliance (ITA), the alliance that offers the Leadership Matters Course (LMC), voted unanimously to elect us as the next CEO of ITA. Wow. That is not something we expected. It came out of left field. The next week we were even more surprised when our FWBIM Board also voted unanimously to second us to fulfill this new role with ITA!
In September of this year, we turn 60 years of age. On January 1, 2016, we begin full time in the role of CEO of the International Training Alliance. It is a new world for us, with lots of things to learn and lots of new things to do.
I think God has heard and answered our prayers. 😳