Letting God Drive
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.
Like 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.