Get Plugged In
Well, where do I start? I’ve never done a blog before. I’ll start off by introducing myself. My name is Michael Yocum. I am married and have two children. I’ve attended church since I was about a week old. I grew up in church….it’s what we did. If there was a service, revival, or any other special event, we were there. My dad didn’t go very often, so my mom took the responsibility of making sure four boys attended, upon herself. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior March 26, 1988. I was 13 years old. I was attending a Dawson McAllister youth conference, in Bossier City, LA. My eyes were opened and I realized my life was truly missing something. I was so scared to talk to my youth minister, but I knew I had to. After the invitation was completed and we were loading up on the van getting ready to leave for home, I took him aside to talk. From there, I guess you could say I led the typical teenage life. I had many friends and got into lots of trouble…..I was good at not getting caught, too. Moving forward, I met my wife in church. We were never really friends, but we knew each other. I started hanging out with her at school my 11th grade year. We developed a close friendship and finally started dating. There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to marry her. So, two years after graduating, we were married. We moved off and eventually made our way back home. We have two children…..William (17) and Ashleigh (16). We’ve been together for many years now, and our love hasn’t dwindled a bit.
Getting to music in my life…. I don’t recall a first time, but music has always been there for me. I can remember listening to Elvis records and singing along. My mom has old pictures of me mimicking the music director from church. I grew up in children’s choir and later moved on to the youth choir. I was always too scared to do a solo, so I’d just try to blend in with everyone else. I was in 9th grade when I finally stepped up for my first solo. After that I ended up singing solos a lot. Later in high school a buddy asked me if I wanted to sing in a rock band. I said sure. I’d watch him play guitar and think, “I want to play that.” Eventually he wrote some chords down for me and I started to learn. I never really played guitar too much in front of anyone until I first attended Calvary Chapel.
It’s funny how God introduced me to Calvary Chapel. My family and I were attending another church with some friends when, they, all of a sudden, told us that they were going to start attending this guy’s church at his house. To be honest, that just wasn’t church, to me. I reluctantly agreed to go, also. So we attended, and here was this guy (Dave) playing guitar and singing. I wasn’t too impressed (sorry Dave). The message was ok, but I just couldn’t get over the fact that I was sitting on this guy’s couch and not a pew. We hung around a bit and then went home. I told my wife, Cindy, I was not going back. I didn’t know any of the songs that were being sung…..there were no hymns. For some reason, that next Sunday, I returned. I went home again with that same attitude. God knows why, I kept on coming back. We finally got a building and I was asked if I wanted to play bass guitar. I said sure. The rest is history.
I’ve often wondered to myself, “what if I’d done this or that?” I’ve had regrets for past decisions, and I’m sure there will be some in my future, too. If I had made those decisions differently I probably wouldn’t be where I am now. One thing’s for sure, I truly believe I am where God wants me to be at this moment in my life. He has given music to me, so I am to use it to bless Him. I don’t know what He has in store for me in the future. I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say that I get a bit anxious about it at times. I just pray that I stay on track and focused on His will for me.
To anyone interested, some members of the worship team are going to be practicing this Saturday (17th) at CCMP. We'll be there at 8:00 a.m. and practice for a couple of hours. If anyone would like to come hang out and jam along, they're welcomed.
Michael & Seth