I have a host of titles that describe me. I am a husband, a father, a grandfather, a son, and a brother. I am an uncle, a nephew, and a neighbor. I am also a boss, a co-worker, an employee, and a pastor. These terms tell a lot about who I am and what I do, but none of them individually define me.
Do note this: each term is a relational term. Each word describes how I relate to different people in different aspects of life.
My name is Carl White. I am married to my best friend, Frances. I have three grown, married children, and five grandchildren.
I have two brothers with spouses and two sisters, one with a spouse, along with five nieces and nephews with a few more spouses. My mother is living, but my father and all of my grandparents have made the journey home.
I pastor a Baptist church, the same one now for 16 years. All total I have been the pastor of four churches, on the staff of two others, and served as a denominational editor.
These relationships are what define me, and none more than my relationship by faith with Jesus Christ. Without these relationships I would have no identity. In truth, I am the synthesis of all the relationships in my life. No one completely defines me, yet the loss of any of these would deeply grieve me.
This is who I am.