youth worker, youth ministry, time management

Things I learned from my Dad part 4

By Doug Franklin June 11, 2009

When I was getting ready to go off to college my dad asked me to come talk with him, again in the living room. This time my dad wanted to talk about commitment. He asked to make three commitments before starting college. One – finish what I start. If I started college I had better finish (and it was clear he was not talking about the 8 year plan). Two – Don’t get married in college. No problem, and today I am still not married. Three – try and place my foot on as many continents as possible while in college,  and he would help me make it happen. This commitment caught me totally off guard, “why?” I asked. He explained that Jesus was at work in many ways and in many places, to understand Him I needed see what He was doing in the world. My Dad knew it would change my perspective and allow me to see the enormity of God. So while in college, I went all over the earth (I even rode my bike through Israel). And today, I lead an organization that takes students on mission trips around the globe – I don’t wonder why.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More