What biblical character do you personally associate yourself with or relate to and why?
Nehemiah is my guy. The way he let a God-given burden lead to a life-long calling is an ongoing inspiration to me. He led with his life. He helped people who were stuck, get unstuck. He did this not just by rebuilding a wall, but by rebuilding a culture. It took courage, vision, tenacity, humility and sacrifice to give his life to God’s work — and at the end of it all, I hope to say with Nehemiah — “God and His People are worth it!”
Doug Sauder, Pastor, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
No doubt about it – Esther!
Each year my identity, as a daughter of the King (who happens to also be my Father in Heaven), deepens. I relate to Esther increasingly each year when it comes to the way she served her people by leading them to fast & pray while courageously approaching the throne, bringing her husband and King the requests of her heart. This is really for all of God’s children to rise up for “such a time as this” to make an IMPACT for the Kingdom.
Dr. Andrea Hazim, President and Founder, Elev8Life Educational Foundation
I would like to associate myself with Abraham—God’s friend, for whom it is said: “against all hope, Abraham in hope, believed.” His faith and obedience in believing and acting without delay when God spoke are an example of the Hebrew’s 11:1 faith that the Bible teaches: believing when we do not see and we will ultimately see what we believe. However, I regularly find myself associating more with Thomas saying: Lord, my hope is waning, my faith is weak. Please let me see, even a little bit of the positive result that I am praying for, then I’ll believe.
William “Bill” C. Davell, Director, Tripp Scott Attorneys At Law
I think of St. John the Apostle. He was always the youngest but grew the oldest because he was the only one of the Apostles not martyred! He was close enough to Christ to put his head on Jesus’ chest and hear his heart beat at the last supper. He was also given the chore of taking care of Mary, Jesus’ Mother at the Cross and later he wrote the Gospel of John and the Book of the Apocalypse or Revelation while exiled on the Island of Patmos. Maybe the best reason is that His symbol is the eagle, which I find fascinating as the prologue to his gospel is like the flight of an eagle in words about God and God’s relationship to us as his children.
The eagle is also the symbol of our country and reminds me of the service and how in my 50 years, I have had the privilege of serving as St. John did. I try to seek the best for those who rely on me, and not only teach the truth but live the truth through our laws as an involved citizen. Another interesting fact about the eagle is that it will fly with its babies on its wings then let them fall off and swoop down and get them, again and again until the baby eagle learns to fly on its own. That is something that I try to do in mentoring young people that I serve and that work with me – until they can fly on their own!
Chip LaMarca, State Representative, Florida House District 93
Modacai, Hadassah’s Uncle, is a Biblical character whom I seek to emulate. He trained his niece, also known as Esther, to know and fear the LORD, and he encouraged her throughout her life to seek the LORD, supporting her in prayer as she undertook a dangerous mission on behalf of herself and the Hebrew people. Modacai‘s focus was raising up his young person to walk in relationship with the one true God. O, that I could be like him with my own children, their friends and other young people whom He brings across my path!
Collins Forman, P.A.
I relate to Paul, the missionary/church planter, because I was a missionary myself and traveled to over 40 nations. I was blessed to pioneer a Youth With a Mission (YWAM) base in the Dominican Republic where I got to plant a few churches as well and, like Paul, I often return to encourage them. I also helped start two vibrant churches in Boca Raton. Paul (unmarried as I am) inspires and challenges me with his exhortation, “One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord.”
Deborah Cusick, FAU Campus Volunteer, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
I feel like God has given me an association with Joshua. I saw Pastor Doug Sauder as an image of Moses, leading the people, and many kids, out of captivity and into the ministry of Foster Care from the birth of 4KIDS. Doug was the leader at 4KIDS in 2007 when my wife Michelle and I became licensed foster parents and then adoptive parents. He continue to be a spiritual guide in my life.
Doug handed the 4KIDS baton to me in 2017, to take 4KIDS into a NEW land and phase of our story and journey, a kind of “promised land.” To take ground. I love in Joshua 1:3 where the Word says “ Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you,” and also in Isaiah 43:19 where God says “Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it.”
Kevin Enders, President/CEO, 4KIDS
For a long time I associated myself with Thomas as I was always doubting, but in recent times the prayer of Jabez is what I try to pattern my days around! Seeking to expand my territory for God!
Not much is known about Jabez, but what a witness he must have been
Fred Scarbrough, DVM, Founder, Scarbrough Animal Hospital and HOPE South Florida
Right now I am in a wonderful Bible Study that the new Pastor’s wife from First Baptist Church, Amy Welch, is leading. It is entitled “A Woman who doesn’t Quit- from the book of Ruth.”
In this season of life, I can relate to Ruth from the standpoint that she accepted her “assignment of refinement” and was able to follow through with her commitment to Naomi despite her feelings and as a result, she experienced God’s faithfulness. I was also reminded that sometimes when we are out in the “field” by ourselves, as Ruth was in Boaz’s harvest field, to keep picking up what’s out there- no matter how long it takes. There are blessings in the leftovers.
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” Zechariah 4:10
Gita Santangelo, community prayer partner
King David is the biblical character I most associate myself with because he loved the Lord and although he struggled and was flawed, he would recover from the mistakes he made.
Gregg Wallick, President/CEO, Best Roofing
“May the Lord reward your work…under whose wing you have come to seek refuge” (Ruth 2:12 NASB).
I relate to Ruth in the sense that, like me, she deeply wanted to know the Lord and was willing to pursue Him at the expense of leaving what she knew. That sense of God calling me to Him, that sense of “deep calling unto deep” that I experienced is the same sense that Ruth and all believers since the beginning of time have experienced. From the moment I received Christ, I felt that there was a covering of a supernatural protection and provision over me. I started to develop a hunger for the Lord I couldn’t explain and wanted to find and follow Him. As I did my life changed. My desires changed. And as I followed the Lord, He took me to places I never imagined, opened up doors and provided wonderful friendships, relationships, and opportunities. I never imagined that I would be sharing the Gospel through the performing arts on a global level. He kept rewarding my work above and beyond what I could have ever have imagined. And so, like Ruth, I am ever so grateful that God, my Kinsman Redeemer, sought me out and saved me.
Oksana Horton, Director, Torch and Trumpet Theatre Company
The biblical character that I personally associate or relate to is the Apostle Paul, because like the Apostle Paul, the things gain to me, such as my education and particularly my law degree(Doctor Of Jurisprudence), I counted loss for Christ for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have gladly suffered the loss of all things and do regard them worthless, so that I may win Christ and help win souls for Christ Jesus.
O’Neal Dozier, Pastor, The Worldwide Christian Center
My favorite Bible character is Joseph of the Old Testament. He was a man I would like to emulate. His patients, unwavering faith and dependence on the Lord, couple with his work ethic and wisdom, are all qualities I strive for.
Romney C. Rogers, Managing Partner, Rogers, Morris & Ziegler LLP
The biblical character I personally associate with is the Prodigal Son. I left home at an early age, lived my “riotous college life” in a different State only to find myself gravitating back to family. Yet my family nor God ever gave up on me. I’m tremendously thankful and blessed!
Dr. Rosby Glover, Director, Mount Bethel Human Services, Inc.
I associate myself with Samuel because that’s the name my three year old sister gave to me. She had been studying Samuel in Sunday School that day. I’m just glad she wasn’t studying Judas.
Samuel Lamerson, PhD, Professor of New Testament, Knox Theological Seminary
I would have to say that I most relate to Peter. We all know his blunders and gaffes, including denying he even knew Jesus! But, Jesus forgave Peter! Then Peter, after being filled with the Holy Spirit, went on to do great things for the Kingdom! A good reminder that without Him, we would lose every battle, but with Him we are forever victorious. We must never forget that truth!
Thomas L. Lukasik, Vice President Community Engagement, 4KIDS
Well Jesus would be the ONE. I relate to everything He is and does and tells me to do. After all , He is God.
Virlee “Vee” S. Stepelton, Ministry Advocate