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Two Certainties in Life - Rob Hinckle

Most people probably think of death and taxes when they hear this phrase. Well, a former President proved that taxes are not necessarily a certainty and depending on your beliefs, death is not really the end. However, those are not what I am referencing. The two certainties I am referring to are change and God’s presence.

Last year the Hinckle family experienced both certainties mentioned above in abundance. The big changes included our youngest daughter graduating from high school in May; our oldest getting married in June; my wife and I hitting empty nest season in August as our youngest headed to college; and we ended the year with my career of twenty-eight years moving to a close.

These types of major life changes tend to cause disruption for a family, a marriage and/or someone’s faith. Fortunately, I have been blessed to witness God’s grace, goodness and love as His hand guided us through the last year.

My youngest graduated from a school founded on Christian principles and a focus on academics, arts, athletics, and spirituality. She grew in all of these and has become an amazing young woman with a bright future ahead of her. My oldest married young but married a Godly man who I am confident will forever protect her heart and truly love her as Christ loves his church. My wife and I will celebrate twenty-five years of marriage in a few months and our devotion, trust and love for each other is deeper today than the day we met.

As for the career that ended on December 31st, I am uncertain of where the path leads from here. I am blessed in many ways to have had that career and I leave it with complete peace and a heart of gratitude. I trust God has a plan for my life and I patiently await His revealing of it.

So as the new year begins, I know two things for certain: more change is coming, and my great God is in complete control of it. I surrender all I have to Him and know that He has great plans for me . . . “plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Rob was born and raised in Mobile, AL. After a few years in Tuscaloosa at the University of Alabama, he returned home to begin a career in the healthcare technology industry. He met his wife Tina through work, and they have two daughters, Lauren and Caroline, who both attend Auburn University.



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