“Does it get any better than this?” I remember asking my wife, Jeannie. Anyone looking at my life in 2004 would have agreed that I was very blessed—a beautiful wife, three remarkable children, a lucrative career in banking, and a passionate walk with the Lord.

Soon afterward, God spoke a clear word to my heart: “I’m going to answer your prayer for brokenness.” From that time on, the “wheels started to come off” in virtually every area of my life. My faith in him was going to be severely tested and I was going to embrace the cross and the “fellowship of His sufferings” (Philippians 3:10) like never before.