For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Jarrid Wilson. I consider myself a husband, pastor, author, and blogger. I currently oversee social media for Logos Bible Software, love to eat Mexican food, and have a weird obsession with fishing. I’m currently finishing up my second book with Thomas Nelson Publishing, preparing to celebrate my first wedding anniversary, and on the daily love to spend time with my beautiful wife Julianne and fluffy dog Paisley.
And while much of you might have a preconceived notion about who I am, I guarantee you don’t know the first thing about me. I’m not saying this to be rude or harsh. But I need people to realize that just because I enjoy putting much of my life through the spotlight of social media, it doesn’t mean I don’t have my own struggles, failures, and demons to deal with.
I’m not a perfect Christian. I’m not a perfect husband. I’m not a perfect anything. Is anyone? Romans 3:23
I’m just like you, and it’s only by the grace of God that I am standing here today. I want this post to make you re-think the way you view pastors, bloggers, authors, and anyone else you might gain personal wisdom from. Not to deter you from listening to them, but to make you understand that you can relate to them more than you realize. You aren’t much different from each other than you may think.
The dark and honest parts of me aren’t all that pretty, but I believe they have made me who I am today. And while my social media profiles paint a picture of someone who loves life and trusts in God, this wasn’t always the case in my life.
Would you have guessed I once contemplated suicide while I was a teenager? Did you know I struggled with severe depression all throughout high school? Did you know I was once three hours away from having my leg amputated? And did you know I once lived in a friends shower-less warehouse for six months, all in order to save money while writing my first book?
The reality is that I am just as human as you, broken as you, and flawed as you. My life isn’t perfect, but I do have a Savior who is.
I’m not quite sure what my intention is for writing this post, but I pray God uses it to speak to you regardless. I didn’t grow up knowing God as my father in heaven, but I am sure glad I can stand here today and say that has changed. Whenever you read one of my books, posts, tweets or Facebook statuses, please understand that everything I do is for the glorification of Christ. My goal is to showcase His love, His glory, His forgiveness, and His eternal promises. I may not always do it perfectly, but you can make darn sure I’ll be trying my hardest.