I couldn’t believe almost twenty years had passed since I bought that apartment. Nearly twenty years ago, I lived with my parents and saved money because I planned on buying a house with my then-fiance. It was also the time I was in the process of rededicating my life to Christ.
Before this, I was living a selfish and reckless life. Every choice I made revolved around my happiness and satisfaction. As the years wore on, I realized nothing would ever fill me. Every day my emotional and spiritual fuel tank was empty until one day, the Lord called me back.
The decision to rededicate my life to Christ caused an upheaval. The relationship with that young woman came to an end, certain friendships dissolved, and my priorities changed. Called to start anew, I told my parents it was time for me to leave home and start a new life.
As I contemplated all that’s transpired from that first day, I realized God is always in control. A few months after moving in, I ended up meeting my wife. We then had three awesome boys and made great memories before outgrowing the place and buying a house.
Between then and now, I’ve seen God’s hand in every step and every decision we’ve made since then. Today I’m eternally grateful for his grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Most importantly, our journey has not been without its challenges. However, looking back, I see a plan unfolding, and honored we’re included in what He’s doing.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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