Moving Day And God’s Call

Today my wife and I accompany our son Trey to Louisville, KY.  He is attending Boyce College in preparation for Seminary at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  That means today is one of great excitement and anticipation on one hand… on the other hand there will be tears only parents know when their kids leave home… probably for good.  That’s the hard part for Pam and I.

We’ve been with Trey through 13+ broken bones… many baseball, basketball, and soccer games… prayed as he dated several young ladies… trusted God through a few rocky times… laughed a bunch… always been proud… and now we will keep up with him from afar.

Trey almost didn’t make it into the world… Pam had to take medication to support the pregnancy and upon delivery the cord was around his neck.  From early on though we knew Trey would be our social butterfly.  He was always laughing, cutting up, going here and there, curious, and very much a people person.  His mother and I have thought for years that he had the kind of people skills that would fit well in a ministerial position.  People are naturally drawn to Trey… even when he goes a little far with his kidding and fun-play.  We have watched as he matured into a compassionate person with a sweet sensitive spirit.  He will take a “hit” rather than hurt or offend others (Of course the family dynamic is a little different at times).

We are excited and expectant of what God will do in Trey’s life in the coming years.  We are thankful that God will guide, protect, train, and love Trey more than we ever can or could.  From before he was born, we trusted Trey into God’s hands as with Amy and Britton… and so we do that anew and afresh today.

My wife and I expect a lot out of the faculty of Boyce College and Southern Seminary.  Wherever Trey attends church, we expect a lot out of his pastor, deacons, and church members.  When God calls Trey to a church, we expect that congregation to relate to him in a loving… respectful… godly manner (Because they will answer to God for how they treat him as their minister).

There is one reason Pam and I love Trey (And Amy and Britton)… He is our son… they are our children.

God… please use Trey for your glory.  Use him to build your kindom.  Protect him from the evil one.  Train him and prepare him for what lies ahead.  Thank you Father for my first born son.  Thank you for all my children.  Thank you for my wife.  May you and you alone be glorified in and through us.


4 comments on “Moving Day And God’s Call

  1. Becky Preston says:

    We are honored to have been a small part of Trey’s life thus far. God has BIG plans and BIG things in store for our Trey. It is going to be a blast to watch! Blessings to you and Pam as you drive away. We love you all!

    • Ron says:

      Becky… the Prestons and Ethridges do indeed have a long history and you all have a much larger part than you’re giving yourselves credit for. The prayers we pray for each other’s kids (Which they will always be to us) are a source of comfort for all four of us parents. Kayla… Ryan (War Eagle! Will he get a ring?)… and Jamie (Along with your and James’ parents) will always be considered dear friends of ours. Thank you for the encouragement.


  2. Joan says:

    Wishing him the best!

  3. Pam Ethridge says:

    Thank you honey for expressing our feelings so well. He is our “boy” and we love him dearly. I’m so proud of him and thankful to God for loving him and keeping His hand upon Trey’s life. What an exciting and yet bittersweet time for our family. Trey, we all love you, and support you, and will be praying faithfully for you! Remember, mama will come “a runnin” whenever you need her!! (always my baby). Love Mom

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