About Kyle . . .
Kyle Hargrove is a Licensed Professional Counselor/Supervisor located in Fort Worth, Texas. He has been in private practice for more than 20 years, and is the owner/operator of Freedom Texas Coaching and Counseling. Kyle is a licensed and ordained minister, writer, and has spoken at family and men’s conferences from coast to coast. He is the founder of Stonegate Center, a 90-Day Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in the Fort Worth area.
There’s really not much that’s all that special about me . . .
The sooner we all get to the point that we can admit that we are far from perfect, the sooner we can be ready to be used by God. He isn’t looking for perfect people; He’s waiting for ordinary folks like you and me.
I’m a pretty ordinary husband and father . . .
Debbi and I have five children (Adam, Cameron, Callye, Caleb, and Brandon), two grandsons (William and Ian),” , and three dog-children (Symon, Sombra, and Sophie,). I often say that I love my kids and love my dogs, but there have been days that I liked my dogs more than my kids. That is of course, suggested in jest . . .mostly 🙂 One of our sons has completed college, and the other four kids are still finding their way through that maze. We love Auburn University (Debbi’s alma mater), and Texas A&M University (doesn’t everyone?)
It took a long time for me to understand my job . . .
But in 2003 through the benefit of Fellowship of the Sword, a ministry out of Fort Worth, Texas, God showed me what my real job was, and for the first time ever, I really, really “got it.” He showed me that my real purpose in this life was to first serve Him, and in the outflow of that, to serve my wife, serve my children, and serve anyone else, anywhere else, who exhibited any need, whatsoever.
Cooking, singing, golfing, reading, speaking, teaching, and writing . . .
Those are a few of my favorite pastimes outside of “work.” I try to not let those things define who I am, but sometimes the golf thing gets in the way a little bit. And I’m really not that good. But I value my recreation and free time. I love being around people, and meet very few “strangers,” but need “me time” too. I prefer outdoors to indoors, cool weather to hot weather, mountains to the beach, and being active to sitting still. I have traveled the world, and want to find new places, and visit the previous ones again. You could say I was born with a sense of wanderlust.
I want to encourage you . . .
Life was intended to be dynamic – not static. One of my good friends Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Although there may be some detractors to the actual truth (or benefit) of that statement, don’t you want to live your life progressing? I don’t want to sit around and wish I was getting better at what I do, or who I am.I was born to pursue – to improve – to invent – to move forward. When it’s all said and done, I’d like to know that I ran after God, rather than for Him to have had to continually pursue me.
We’ll all be challenged . . .
For me, writing is sometimes as much about me as it is about you. My “bag of tricks” comes as much from my own experiences as it does anything I’ve learned from a textbook. I don’t know about you (actually I do but certainly can’t speak for you), but the things I have learned in this life have typically come from challenging circumstances, mistakes I’ve chosen to make, mistakes I’ve unintentionally made, places I shouldn’t have been, and a myriad of other mostly-painful experiences. I think we’re a lot alike.
And I think we’re about to find out.
As always my friends . . .