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It’s been quite a personal journey to this point. Please allow me to give you a bit of the story behind the story:
I was happily on my way to achieving my childhood career dreams (up for a major promotion on a contract my employer has with NASA and JPL) when the boat accident changed everything. I’ve been asked if I could change one thing about my life, would I “eliminate the accident? “No, I would not, emphatically not.
In a way, the accident is sort of my fault. You see, I prayed to God that He would use me and give me a way to testify to more people. Shortly thereafter, I was run over by the boat. Over the ten years that have passed, I have spoken to well over a thousand individuals about the accident, my trials and most importantly, my faith. With the release of my award-winning book (so thankful for those awards), I hope to reach tens of thousands and maybe even more.
People have derived great hope from my story. And it gets better: I have witnessed and been a part of dozens of miracles and healings as well. Yes God loves me, but He loves all of us. And that is where our hope lies, in Him.
In my joyful former career, like many others I was busy – very busy. And it was a good busy. Yes I attended church and helped out in small ways when I could. I put my money in the till, but was there a better way to live? Yes, there was not only a better , busy life, but a best busy life.
The accident woke me up to what it truly means to be a follower of Jesus Christ, not just a “fan” (thanks Kyle Idleman). I was encouraged to visit people “going through stuff.” Whether at hospitals or in homes, I woke up to the sufferings of others. Through my volunteer work at Open Recreation (an after school program for kids), I became aware of desperate needs in my community. Not just poverty, but the strong lack of fathers in homes. As I got back into diving (I don’t hurt in the water), I took other men out with me. They carried the gear I could not and I taught them to dive. Pretty good deal. But I also Iistened as they shared their lives with me. The lack of fathers or the hurts caused by fathers was a repetitive theme. I asked a lot of questions. And I listened some more (I’m learning to listen). I watched these men grow in ways that were eventually explained by John Eldredge’s book “Wild at Heart.” A friend pointed out the similarity of my experiences with these men to that of life coaching.
I became a Professional Life Coach through the American Association of Christian Counselors thanks to a reference from my friend Ron Hall, pastor of Encouragement at Christ’s Church of the Valley in San Dimas California (thanks Ron). I went on to study with Tony Husted, Erickson College and their ICF (International Coach Federation) certified courses (thanks Tony).
I have worked with individuals struggling with deep, hurtful issues (I am not a counselor and I do not counsel). Some of these men I’ve referred to counseling, but for those who are capable of looking forward and moving on, God has used me to help them heal. I’ve also worked with high school and college students trying to figure out what to do with their lives. I’ve helped business people and leaders develop their visions for themselves or their organizations; make plans and go out and achieve their goals.
My passion is to help others discover the Incredible Life that God has waiting for them. I love that I get to incorporate my diving into my coaching and what I see now as God’s purpose for my life, my ministry. Oh the power of a life lived in God’s will. God is using me in ways that never dreamed of.
I love to write, dive and invest my life in others.
I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life and thank God for every single moment.
p.s. I’d love to hear from you. ls
Larry Skahill is a “recovering rocket scientist,” father of four, award-winning author/speaker and Professional Life Coach who lives on the beautiful Central Coast of California where he pursues his passions of spearfishing, writing and life coaching.