Letting God Drive

42 comments Posted on December 30, 2013

Doug Anderson_Driveby Doug Anderson

In writing this, it is probably good that I introduce myself first. My name is Doug Anderson and I live in the metropolis of Lapel, IN. Lapel is located 20 miles north of Indianapolis. It is a town of about 2,800 hardworking loyal people with small town values and Bulldog pride. It’s the place where everyone knows your name and a lot of times your business (haha). Regardless of this, it’s the place I call home. I remember as a kid wanting so bad to get out of this town and go somewhere bigger and better. After moving away and seeing all I wanted to see, I couldn’t wait to get back to Lapel and start my family.

I married my high school sweetheart Michele and we have now been married for fifteen years. We have two daughters, Isabel who is 12 and Emma who is 10. Balancing home life and life on the road can sometimes be stressful, but we try to make the most of every second we have together. They are my biggest priority and life and I always strive to be the man they think I am.

Life at our house is usually centered around a gym. Michele and I both were athletes and it is something we have always done and still enjoy today. Michele was highly successful in volleyball and track and I played everything I could and wound up playing basketball at Purdue University. The girls have not fallen far from the tree. They have followed in mom’s footsteps and travel year around in volleyball, track and cheer. It is hopping at our house getting them from match to match and practice to practice. I eat many meals consisting of hot dogs and game popcorn. I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s our life and it’s what makes our family tick. That is what matters the most to me. You see, It’s not about me anymore and for the first time in my life, I am good with that. It’s time to step back and let God do what God does. It’s time to let God drive.

PRO_DAnderson_DriLike many of us, I have always tried to conquer life head on. I had to be the best at everything. I had to shake the right hands, be in the in crowd, wear the right clothes and work harder than everyone else. I worried about everything which put a lot of stress on me and everyone around me. I was the guy who didn’t know anything else but winning and getting what I wanted. I wasn’t relying on God to give me the desires of my heart, I was going to do it myself. Many times because of hard work and desire, I did just that. I thought that if I wasn’t the best, then I was a loser. Living this way became exhausting. When everything is about You, after awhile it becomes very lonely. In trying to be the best I could be, I lost who I really was. I wasn’t having fun, enjoying life, or glorifying God. After some knockdowns and humbling lessons learned, I realized that God had a plan for my life and I didn’t need to tell him how or when to make it happen. 1 Peter 5-7 “Humble yourself before the mighty hand of God and He will exalt you in due time.  Cast all you cares upon him because He cares for you.” I found out I didn’t need to worry about and control everything in my life.  He has it all figured out if we just open our hearts and minds to the purpose He has for us.  He in return has given me the desires of my heart that I wanted all along.

Life is a little more laid back these days, at least in my mind. With all of our hectic schedules, on the road and at home, God has blessed us tremendously. I wouldn’t trade one single scar or failure to be perfect. I had to go through it to be the man I am today. I am living a dream in this chapter of my life. I have an amazing supportive family. I have my dream job with the best friends in the world, traveling all over the world singing the music that I love. God has given me the opportunity to release my second solo project which is called Drive. It’s amazing when we get out of the way, what God can do.

Now my friends and family will be the first to tell you that if we are playing a game, whether it be basketball or bingo, I am going to try to win.  My priorities and perspective on life have changed.  For the first time in my life I am happy with just being me.  I am happy being the best husband, father and friend I can be and doing it all to the glory of God.  I am more interested in the lasting impression I leave on my girls than anything else.  I’ll let God do everything else.  I will go wherever He wants me to go and do what he leads me to do.  I’m just gonna sit back and let God DRIVE.

Discussion…

  • 12/30/2013
    Patti Jeske said:

    I am so blessed to know Doug and to have met his beautiful family. He walks the walk and talks the talk that God puts before him. He has shared some words with me and I have kept them in my heart and mind and I try to live each day through them. God Bless Doug, his family and his daily walk with God. He represents God well!!!

  • 12/30/2013
    Cheryl Limes said:

    Beautiful article!! This is why we love Doug Anderson!

  • 12/30/2013
    Stanna Breen said:

    The entire article is why Doug Anderson is so loved. I am so honored to call them, the entire Anderson family, extended family. Just stand back and let God DRIVE!!!!! HE is in charge, and HE will not let you down.

  • 12/30/2013
    Nanc Smith said:

    Doug Anderson is the “real deal”! My husband and I are blessed to call him a dear friend. Even with a growing career and popularity, Doug remains one of the most godly and humble men I know! He has a beautiful baritone voice, and one can SEE Doug’s heart for God each time he sings. He also has a sweet family, who is the essence of what a “family” should be! (Loving God and loving each other).

  • 12/30/2013
    Barbara Immke said:

    What a pleasure to know Doug Anderson…recently when I was facing cancer surgery he pulled me aside after a concert and talked to me….praying for me….said he loved me and all would be fine. Well he was right…all is fine and I know his prayers as well as EHSS prayers were a huge help in my recovery. Thank you Doug for being you

  • 12/30/2013
    Jerry Limes said:

    Doug this article is so true. Maybe most of us get self centered sometime in our lives. Thank God that some of us wake up and realize what is most important before its too late. Thank you for putting this out there. Love ya friend.

  • 12/30/2013
    Linda Resinger said:

    Doug is and always has been my “pick of the litter” in the group he sings with. He is a Christian man, a Godly man and a family man. I am proud to know him, to be able to see his accomplishments and look to see more from him. He is “Letting God Drive” and he is headed in the right direction!!

  • 12/30/2013
    Donna Bodenhorn said:

    You are so right!!! I wish more people would realize this. The world would be a much happier and loving place if they would just sit back and “let God drive”. Your love for God shows in the love of your family and the big happy smile you always wear.

  • 12/30/2013
    Norma Gilman said:

    That’s what we love about you Doug. Just being your self . You makes us so happy when you touch us with your singing. You know who is in control. God has bless all of us as well as you. We love ya Doug.

  • 12/30/2013
    Karen Swadley said:

    Beautiful article and oh so true. In our metropolis we see you and your family often and even get to serve some of those meals on the run. But you still have time for others while spending family time such as sing Happy Birthday to a 90 year old fan over the phone. Proud to call you and the family our friends

  • 12/31/2013
    Chris Boots said:

    It’s almost a “Jesus Take the Wheel” moment! You and your wife are a true blessing. I’ll never forget meeting you Doug! I was filling in helping Bill Gaither working the “product tables” at shows. But at the same time a very good friend was building your new home in Lapel, IN. As it happens in small towns, my wife baked some cookies and we left them in the foyer of your new home with a note welcoming you to your home and leaving our phone number as you only live just a couple mile from us. It only took a few minutes and of course you called to thank us boldly proclaiming most of the cookies were eatin already!!!
    We wish you the very best on your new project and admire your humility in letting God “Drive!”
    God Bless my Friend!!

  • 12/31/2013
    Carol Lieb said:

    I am so fortunate to call Doug, “friend”. No matter how big he gets or how busy he is, he always takes time out to call me by name, give me a hug and say “I love you”!! Since I have become a fan of his and EHSS, I have let God drive me too and I know I am more content and happy than I have been in a very long time. God bless you, Doug, my friend!

  • 12/31/2013
    RockinRobin E. Butler said:

    I thought Drive was your third solo project. Your first one was Dreamin’ Wide Awake,second was Feeling At Home and third is Drive.

  • 12/31/2013
    Junior Hitz said:

    Looks like everyone on here is personally known by you. I heard EHSS in Salem Illinois last fall.
    While leaving the singers went running by us to
    get to the product table. I told you “good job,
    and you stopped and shook my hand and said thank you. Looking forward to ” drive”!

  • 12/31/2013
    Rose Seward said:

    Great article Doug! Can’t wait to see you and the guys in my hometown of Houlton,ME. on April 26th!

  • 01/02/2014
    Betsy Teall said:

    My family was in Shipshewana to see EHSS and we seen Doug Anderson in one of the stores. My girls asked him if they could have their picture taken with him and he was so kind to them and took a picture with each of them. It was the highlight of their trip. Thank you Doug.

  • 01/02/2014
    Bill Sherfy said:

    Doug, Signature Sound is my favorite group and I am so glad that you are in it as you are my favorite. I live in Noblesville and pastor a small elderly church in Gas City, In. Someday I hope that I can meet you in person. Noblesville isn’t that far from lapel, which I’ve driven through several times. Best to you and your family in this New Year.

  • 01/02/2014
    George S. Smith said:

    Hi Doug, Can’t wait to get the new “Drive” You and your family have been our persona friends since time began. We’ve seen your career from the “get-go” and you were great then even. What a terrific person you are. Your talents are real, man! Norma had the privilege of starting your girls out on piano lessons. We will cherish the bonding of all your family with us. Look forward to your appearance at our church in the near future.

  • 01/02/2014
    Fredex said:

    Doug, so happy to see a new CD coming out. My wife and I love the first one!

    Say, where’d you find the gorgeous ’57 Chevy?

  • 01/02/2014
    Ruth Newman said:

    Doug,
    I have been privilaged to meet and greet you on several occasions and each time was impressed by your humility. I can so identify with your past struggle. I am still struggling with pride and rightousness in that I am easily offended. My daily prayer is that God will take this away. My most memorable meeeting was while on the cruise last February. I was so impressed that on our second meeting you remembered my name. I not only love your singing talent but your down to earth fan oriented attitude. I pray for your continued success both professionally and personally. Can’t wait to get the new release.

  • 01/02/2014
    Barbara Cales said:

    I dont know Doug personally like alot of you do but I have been to many concerts of theirs and they have always been an inspiration to me… Oh yeh, I habe both above mentioned CD’s and I love them… Cant wait for “Drive” ….

  • 01/02/2014
    Nancy Marsh said:

    Looking forward to getting your new CD. May God richly bless you and your family in all that you do.

  • 01/02/2014
    Evanola Davis said:

    God bless you and your family…..Praise His Name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 01/02/2014
    Gary Lykins said:

    God has blessed my Brother Doug Anderson, With a wonderful family and EHSS Family anda wonderful talent to communicate God’s love through song- It is such a JOY to be a part of this journey and seeing God work through Doug’s solo ministry- May God continue to bless you my brother- Love from the Texas connection- Gary and Sharon

  • 01/02/2014
    Shirley Earls said:

    So well said Doug. We all need to have that kind of attitude! God bless you, and your family and the rest of EHSS. Love all you guys! Shirley

  • 01/02/2014
    Mary LaBreck said:

    I’m not from Lapel, but EHSS is doing great things. The first that comes to mind, when reading Doug’s article was the song he sings~
    Forgiven Again~What a wonderful testimony Doug. Our Lord is using you in a mighty way for His glory. I can’t leave out Ernie, Paul and “the jawga boy.” Ya’ll come on back to Georgia this time for a concert not a race.
    God Bless each of you and your Families

  • 01/02/2014
    Myra Maxwell said:

    I have met you a couple of times and found you to be gracious and friendly,you and the group posed with me for a picture on my birthday.Don’t think I told you my name, you just know me as the old basketball player.Played with Hovie Lister’s wife Ethel a few games,she had about retired when I started playing for the Tomboys.
    I ask God’s blessings on you and your family.
    Myra Maxwell.

  • 01/02/2014
    Mackey Laurie said:

    Doug,
    It took me 75 years to finally learn that God can drive better than I.
    I lost my Wife last January after 52 years together and she told me on that last day to please let him be the boss!
    Then recently I found your latest song, “Sometimes I wonder” From this day on, I well do my best to grant her her last wish and let God do the driving!
    God bless you and your family!

  • 01/02/2014
    Phyllis Martin said:

    I met Doug around 2010 at Myrtle Beach and asked for a picture with him. He put his am around my shoulder and said sure. This year I went to Monroe NC to hear them.. Told Doug I had a picture with him a few years back. He put his arm around my shoulder and said it was time for another. Thanks Doug and look forward to the next few years. You guys are the best.

  • 01/02/2014
    Michael Fox said:

    I listened to the clips on the EHSS website today. This CD sounds really good. When can we pre-order??? I want 2!!

  • 01/02/2014
    Judith Burgess said:

    Thanks for being so transparent. One would never know that you have been through some life-changing challenges, but so glad you had the courage to share that with us I totally enjoyed EHSS in Halifax, Nova Scotia and wish you will consider returning.

  • 01/02/2014
    Patricia Golden said:

    I love the energy of EHSS and I love hearing your voice!! This article is wonderful!! I have been learning to –Let Go and Let God!!! Thank you for your inspiration!!!

  • 01/02/2014
    Frances Wheeler said:

    Doug, A great article and it really blessed my heart and makes me appreciate you even more! Love that car in the photo. We had one of those in Aqua and white but was not a convertible. We enjoyed that car so much and it brings back some great memories. Thanks for sharing.

  • 01/02/2014
    Janet Myers said:

    My husband and I are so blessed to call Doug our friend. Your article so confirms why we all love you ~ not often that men or women can let go of that “me ~ I can do it myself” attitude and let God take complete control. We are so proud of you Doug and admire your Christian values and beliefs that you not only profess but live to the Glory of God. God has big plans for you Doug!!

  • 01/03/2014
    Susie allen said:

    I enjoyed your testimony.
    I grew up driving a 1956 Chevy. But I can’t help
    but admire your 1957 Chevy hardtop. Beautiful!

  • 01/03/2014
    GHISLAIN Annie said:

    Doug, I am so proud to be your friend, I you admire not only for your songs, but your marriage with Michelle, and your life dad and especially for your values ​​and beliefs. You are a humble man and God will always be his eyes on you, He has a lot of project for you. God bless you … I am very happy to meet you in Amsterdam on June 7 next. Excuse me, I write very little English. Annie from France

  • 01/03/2014
    Phyllis Reas said:

    Doug is such a wonderful young man, what a blessing it is to hear his wonderful voice singing God’s praises and spreading God’s word all over the world.Doug your words are so true we should all put God first and let Him be the driver in our life everyday !! God Bless you as you continue your journey !!!!

  • 01/03/2014
    Dawn Robson said:

    Doug, I’m sorry to say until tonight, I had never heard of you…my loss. I had a ‘post’ from an American friend of your writings (30/12/2013) which have made me stop and think…’what the heck have I been doing ……..’ I used to hand things to God but, my hubby passed away and I gave up. You have made me realise I don’t have a right to do that I have been blessed having had 42 years with him and have a wonderful family. I shall TRY VERY HARD to give the driver’s seat back! Thank you for the nudge…I shall now have to listen to your music. Many Blessings to you and yours. Dawn from ‘downunder’

  • 01/03/2014
    Mosie said:

    I have enjoyed conversations with Doug at the EHHS concerts. This piece IS Doug. Thanks for sharing

  • 01/04/2014
    Isabel Hancott said:

    Enjoyed your show at Gander NL about 3 years ago and again on the cruise last February. Congratulations on “Drive”. Looking forward to purchasing it. What a wonderful title! What a great explanation of how you arrived at that title! You’re definitely on the right path! Love your voice AND the car! God Bless you and your family.

  • 01/05/2014
    JoAnne Hazel said:

    My daughter and I have been to many EHSS concerts (even driving 800 miles from Michigan to Iowa (Lake Okoboji) to see you.
    Sue always tells you that “you are her favorite”. All the best to you and your family. We need to see you and the guys here in Michigan more often. Love to all of you.

  • 09/02/2016
    Dave Norton said:

    I just came across your site. I was very pleased to find it. Our church established a web site:
    http://letgoddrive.org/

    It is a basic outreach program using bumper stickers to help people who feel lost to connect with Jesus. Gospel singer Debbie Barnes had independently made a “Let God Drive” recording, and allowed us to use it on a hot link on our web page. Keep up the good work, and if you have any suggestions on our site feel free to send them. God bless.

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