Meet Marshall Clay Reeves.
In 2011, I was leading worship for a youth group in Plano, Texas. One Sunday, a new guy was being introduced to the congregation as some kind of Lifegroup writer or something. He was a young guy with cool glasses, was dressed well, and it was clear that he had some sort of 'it' factor that, quite frankly, I was a little bit jealous of. As much as I wanted to dislike him for stealing my thunder as the new young, cool single guy at the church (side note: I don't think I ever had that title, anyways), he reached out to me on FB one day and asked if we could go grab some lunch. We immediately hit it off, and within a few days, we were two peas in a weird church-staff pod.
Fast forward to 2016. Marshall is one of my best friends, and is one of the few people on this earth that I can say anything to without worrying about being judged. We've been through a lot of good and not so good together, both in ministry and in life. Marshall officiated my wedding, helped build up my confidence when I had very little, has been there for me in a genuine way, and is a lifelong friend. I'm honored that he agreed to be the first person featured in the latest venture I'm attempting.
Marshall has, and will continue to do, great things. I'm glad he's my friend, and hopefully after reading this, you can be his friend, too.
Q: Summarize your life and who you are in a couple of sentences:
Somewhere in between fueling ‘this little light of mine’ and ‘letting it shine’.
Q: Where are you from, and how has it shaped you?
Midland. West Texas is beautiful in it’s own way. It has helped me to find beauty in things that others find ugly. And to be proud of that. (also, mexican food)
Q: Where do you currently live?
Burbs of Dallas
Q: What do you do for a living?
Advocate for those society has deemed “less fortunate.”
Q: If money wasn’t an issue, what would you be doing?
Making a difference with my favorite people - likely living on a vineyard.
Q: What are some things that inspire/motivate you?
People. (cliche, I know). Those who believe in me, those who need me and those who doubt me.
Q: What frustrations/struggles do you find yourself dealing with regularly?
People. Those who believe in me, those who need me and those who doubt me.
Q: What are some of your goals for the next 10 years?
Keeping significance separate from money/title/position/things (I would assume this gets harder with money).
Have enough joy/happiness that I can live off the leftovers.
Grow a human inside Mrs Reeves.
Show Marley (my dog) the world.
Q: Tell me about some of your favorite things and why? (art, books, music, activities, etc.)
Books: Love does. It’s a good reminder that the best love/life has no guidelines.
Art: The older I get, the more I appreciate the things I can’t do. Like art.
Music: Music draws me in, lyrics keep me. I’m habitually introspective...to a fault.
Activities: Experiences with: Wife, friends, dog, wine, learning, travel. Simultaneously or individually.
Q: Life motto?
Q: Anything you want to promote or advertise?
If you believe everyone matters to God, then everyone should matter to you.
If you don’t believe in God, don’t use it as an excuse to be an asshole.
If you do believe, for sure don’t be an asshole.