****Note**** My apologies for the delay in this post, by a whole day apparently! Technology and I are NOT getting along this week!
Welcome to another addition of A Day in the Life! Today I am pleased to welcome Gunnar Mason to the blog sharing a day in his life. Gunnar is featured in Dana Pratola’s The Covering. Here’s some info on the book!
What do a woman of faith and a heathen biker have in common? The devil, of course. Tessa is moved to intercede for a man she’s never met. When they do meet, she’s stunned. Gunnar is gorgeous, charismatic, and driven. He’s also hostile, self-destructive, and an unbeliever… and she’s drawn to him like no other. The temptation she feels is as dangerous as it is alluring. She wants to stay away, but God has other plans. He reveals the devil’s intent to destroy Gunnar, and commissions Tessa to keep him covered in prayer. Can she rely on God to keep her from falling… in love, and into temptation? Or will the devil claim them both?
A Day in the Life of Gunnar Mason
To be clear, I’m not the same man I used to be. When I first became known to the bike world I was arrogant, hostile and anti-social. I’m not arrogant anymore. That’s not to say I don’t consider myself tops in my field—actually more so now—but I’d rather help someone starting out than tear them down. I think I finally understand that my gifts weren’t self-made, they were given to me by God. I don’t deserve them, but I’m grateful for them.
Okay, so my day….
Well, again, if this was thirteen years ago my day would include waking up and heading straight to the shop where I’d sketch and refine, build and tear down for ten or twelve hours. Then if I had any energy left, I’d hit the gym pretty hard, head home and shower, maybe go to the bar with the guys, then bed, alone or not. But since Tessa…. I have a whole different life.
She usually wakes me around four a.m.. It’s not time for her to get up yet, but she’s pregnant, and this one is rougher on her than the last three, so she’s up puking in the toilet, and I rub her back and try to talk her through the worst of it. Don’t get me started on the guilt I feel, doing that to her.
Once the kids are up, me and Tess usually help get them ready for school and send them off, and if she’s feeling well enough, I leave her and go to the shop to chew out whichever guy made whatever mistake that’s going to cost me another thousand dollars and a couple more days. Building motorcycles isn’t for the faint of heart and if a guy isn’t at his best, he has no place at Mason Custom.
Anyway, some days I meet with clients, but my best days are spent fabricating. I love working with my hands, starting with blank sheets of metal and parts and creating something unique. There are other days I do what I’m doing right now, giving interviews or speaking at schools. No matter what I’m doing, I try my best to make it home for dinner. As much as I love my work, I can’t wait to get home. It’s where my peace is. Production and delivery deadlines can wait. There’s nothing more important than time with my family. I still squeeze the gym in, only now it’s right in my house and my oldest son, Evan, works out with me when he can.
Then there are Friday nights. That’s really my ministry, filling up auditoriums and talking to large crowds of teens, some of whom had a miserable upbringing like I had. There’s nothing like watching their faces when they get what I’m trying to tell them—that they’re worth something, and that if they can trust God with their lives like I did, He can make something amazing out of it. I usually bring one of my bikes to illustrate, giving them a brief run-down of what it is I do. When they make the decision to get saved, and they come to the foot of the stage…there’s nothing better in the world than leading them to Christ.
I don’t travel as much lately, and with Tessa pregnant, not as far. Before I met her I never imagined being away from someone for two days could be too long, but it’s that way for me. My family is everything. I still don’t like being around other people all that much, but God’s working on that, too. Who knows, by the time I’m fifty, I could be mellow.
Anyone who knows me just laughed out loud.
I don’t know about you, but even though I don’t “know” Gunnar, I laughed out loud! Thank you so much for sharing your day with us!! What a wonderful example of how the Lord can really change a person 🙂
God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and three dynamic children, all of whom are destined to make wide, colorful splashes in this world. Right now, we share our New Jersey home with three dogs. I have no hobbies to speak of, unless you include writing. I don’t.
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