I’ve got a confession to make right up front. I’m struggling on this journey through this thing we call life. I’ve never felt completely at home anywhere…any home that I’ve been in, any office I’ve met in or any church I’ve worshipped in. I kind of feel like I don’t belong. Like I’m a foreigner from another country, a citizen of another land. Why? Well, maybe it’s because I am. I’m not meant to be here forever. I’m just here for a relatively very short time. I’ll be going to my eternal home soon. Is that today? Maybe. Is it next year? Perhaps. 30 or 40 years from now? The probabilities increase. But like you, I want whatever time I have on this earth to matter. I want it to matter for God, for my wife of 30 years, Susan, and for my five children—Megan, Emily, Hannah, Mark, Jr., and Grant. I want whatever influence I have to last for generations and hopefully forever.
Let me share something personal with you…truth is of utmost importance to me…has been ever since I can remember. I have a great passion to seek truth and speak truth into people’s lives. You might say I’m a truth warrior! There are too many lies in this world that are hurting a lot of people. So in this blog, I will focus on truth about relationships, parenting, fatherhood, and marriage. I’ll also do my very best to provide you with practical ideas on how to implement those truths in your daily living.
Having said that, you need to know that I’ve failed and made plenty of mistakes as a husband, father, son and friend. But I’m always willing to learn. And I hope to learn from you as well as you share your comments and thoughts with me. So will you go, and grow, on this journey with me? I sure hope so. I think it’s going to be a really amazing adventure.
Mark Merrill is the founder and president of Family First, Inc., a national non-profit organization that provides programs and online resources dedicated to helping people love their families well. He is host of the Family Minute with Mark Merrill, a nationally syndicated radio program reaching over 5 million listeners daily and has appeared on numerous major broadcasting network shows and affiliates, including FOX and Friends and the Today Show. Mark has been featured in publications including USA Today, the Washington Times, and Sports Illustrated, and is the author of All Pro Dad – Seven Essentials to Be a Hero to Your Kids, as well as several marriage and parenting books and articles. As an advocate for the family, Mark has spoken at conferences and events hosted by major companies, NFL teams, organizations, and government bodies. Before founding Family First in 1991, Mark practiced law in Florida for seven years. He and his wife, Susan, live in Tampa, Florida and have five children.