I had the great honor to interview my favorite author and speaker Justin Lookadoo. I hope you enjoy reading the interview! You can also read my review of Justin's book "97 Random Thoughts On Life, Love & Relationships".
Blue and Justin's answers are in Orange.
1. How did God call you into this ministry?
This has been a process for me. There was never a moment when I feel like I was "called into ministry". I just began speaking in schools. I do prevention programs, bullying, relationship issues, test taking strategies and teacher training. I have done it for years and years and I began to notice that the church world seemed to be opening up to me. In the beginning churches seemed a bit afraid of me and my style. I am very direct and very honest and that scared some people. But it seems that the church is now taking on a lot of the duties that parents have given up and that schools have had taken away from them. So I'm excited that they are stepping up.
2. If you had one day to do anything you wanted, wherever you wanted, what would you do?
I would have a triple shot, carmel latte with Billy Graham, Ghandi, Mother Theresa, C.S Lewis, Kierkegaard, and Elvis.
3. What is your favorite part about going and speaking at an event?
The actual speaking would have to be my favorite part. But I learned many years ago that wasn't the most important part. See, I speak on stage is because it give the people a reason to talk to me. They feel like they know me and that they can talk to me about whatever they need to talk about. That is where the magic really happens.
4. Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
Currently, my daughter.
I could walk you through the years and tell you my influences.
My dad when he got off the road as a salesman and stayed home with us kids.
My mom, while sitting in the airport in Lubbock, Texas after a funeral ,when she gave me my life motto, "Live With No Regrets"
My sister for showing me how to laugh.
My wife for showing me how to love.
On and on and on....
But right now, my daughter is the biggest influence in my life. She is pure joy. I don't say that merely from a proud father perspective. I am telling you, she exudes pure joy like no other human I have ever met. Every day I look at her and I think of the scripture where it talks about "return to me the joy of my salvation." I look at her and I think, "Thats' what it looks like. That's what I want." The longer we live on this planet the more jaded and cynical we get and I don't want to be like that. I want to have that pure joy that I see in her.
5. Will you give us a couple of examples of how God has shown up in your life, when times were maybe dark or you were discouraged?
Interestingly enough, I am going through one right now. Four times in my career I have looked at the big picture and thought, "This is it. I'm going to lose everything." Each time there is a different reason, but the end is always the same. The doors are going to close on me, my dreams, my ministry, everything. So what do I do? I do the spiritual thing.... I freak out! I yell, scream, cry, worry. But one thing I have noticed. One thing that I have seen during each storm. Each time this has happened it has been when God was wanting to change the direction of where we were going. And he knows me enough that if he doesn't remove every possible option in front of me, I will not change course. I wish I wasn't that hard headed with such little faith, but God loves me enough to allow me to hurt in order for me to reach his blessing.
Thanks again for taking the time to do this interview!
Thanks for allowing me a moment to spend with you. If any of your readers have other questions or want more they can connect with me at www.lookadoo.com or facebook fanpage: Justin Lookadoo.