Drum Kit: 7pc Yamaha Stage Custom Standard/ 5pc Tama Rockstar
-Hardware: Yamaha cymbal and Hi Hat stands/ Tama cymbal and Hi Hat stands
-Pedal’s: Tama Iron Cobra 900 Double pedal/ DW 5000 Double pedal/ Pearl Eliminator Double pedal
-Snare’s: 14X5 Ludwig “Metal over wood” Rocker/ 13X# Brass Pearl Piccolo snare
-Heads: Evans EC2 Tom heads, Evans ST dry snare, Aquarian Super Kick II Bass Drum Head
-Sticks: Vic Firth 5B American Classic / Sound Percussion Hickory 5B
Who knows what “normal” is but I would say that my childhood was standard. Mom worked 2 jobs most times and Dad struggled to hold steady work due to the decline of the Steel industry. Dad struggled with personal demons, and mom enabled. My mom took my sister and I to church often; so I knew of and believed in God at an early age.
Many attempts to fix it myself were all to no avail. It took an incident that landed me in the emergency room with multiple injuries to even start down the path of forgiveness. This wouldn’t be the last time I was blessed to have my life spared! In no way did I earn or deserve this. No, we were all forgiven with the grace of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ when he gave His life for our salvation. (Ephesians 2:8- For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God)
It was through this time I realized the path of forgiveness was also coming to terms with my sins, repenting of them, accepting God’s gift of mercy and grace and also forgiving myself. Please understand, in no way am I taking credit for my transformation. If I had any decision In this process, it was this; honestly and wholeheartedly, with all my soul, not just knowing, but fully desiring to surrender my free will to our Lord and Savior! This was the moment I was Reborn through Christ!
As I sought the Lord more, the more He revealed Himself to me! Because of His mercy, favor, and grace, in a relatively short period of time, especially in comparison to how long I was off the rails, my life has been forever changed! (Matthew 6:33- But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you) Now that God had my full attention and will, life continued to change drastically! There was a great purge of that which did not bear fruit. Yes this was uncomfortable but I knew it was out of love. When I say everything changed, I mean EVERYTHING! My toxic so called “friends” were let go, I had a better Job, a church, a girl, my desire for self-destruction and anger had been completely removed!
After turning to the Lord I began to face how I, as a born again Christian fit into the world. Everything from my speech, body language, the company I kept, my actions, the forms of entertainment and the music I listened to/ played. This may seem drastic but the Good book says in Corinthians 13:11- When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. It also says in Titus 2:6-8 “Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us” .
So, I did my best to do just that. What is amazing to me as I started down this path each thing needing pruning was presented to me as if I were being handed a list of “things Shawn needs to take care of for Jesus.” Some things were easier than others to set to biblical standards, some I’m still working on to this day, and others I may struggle with for the rest of my life, but it is progress not perfection. (Revelation 2:26- The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations). If we are honest with ourselves, keeping us accountable in the word, and conducting our affairs accordingly, with trust, faith, and obedience we will be absolutely amazed at what God will do with our lives!