The New Year, 2018, has brought along its share of nostalgia, hope, and a bit of retrospect as to how far down the road I have come. Some of the looking back could be due to a pretty significant health event that I endured this past July although thankfully I have made a near full recovery. Even though I spent a number of years working in the medical field and was constantly made aware of the fleeting nature of life in others, it was brought home to me in a far more serious way when I was on the other end of a surgeon’s care. Perhaps another reason that 2018 is a significant time for me is because it is the year that thirty years ago, I along with my wife were compelled to make a decision that entirely changed the direction of our lives. In 1988, I attended my first Because of the Times, which is a minister’s conference hosted by the Pentecostals of Alexandria and led by Senior Pastor Anthony Mangun.