by Seth Williams
October 2, 2014
"Because I was created for His glory, I want everything about my life to glorify Him."
Scott is my best friend. I love this guy like a true brother. He and his wife and kids are like family to my family. We met in college at Miami University, lived in San Diego at the same time, as well as Nashville over the past few years. Scott and I share a special connection. We've spilled our hearts to each other, cried together, laughed till we cried together, and grown together into the men, fathers, and husbands we are today. Scott inspires me in the way he loves Jesus first and foremost in life, and how he leads his family closer to God. He's raw and honest and has a gift for engaging with others to find out what truly makes them come alive. Scott is a man of his word. He loves his family well and is the kind of friend anyone would be fortunate to have. It's an honor and blessing to be such deep friends with him. He is an incredibly talented musician, designer, and businessman. If you need any printing of any sort, he's your man. He runs his company, Threadbird, with utmost integrity and character, and the product is high quality. It's tough to summarize Scott in a single paragraph because of how much he means to me. I can truly say that my life is far better because God crossed our paths. I love him and believe in him and hope his story inspires you as much as it inspires me. Scott lives with his wife, Susy, and their three kids, Blaine, Hayes, and Sloan, in Nashville, Tennessee.
What’s your favorite album of all time?
Ah, the unanswerable question. In today's digital economy, I've become somewhat of an audio junkie. I wear a record out and move on to another one. If I at least had to narrow it down to an artist, it would be U2 circa 1990. Achtung Baby was transformative for me. I saw them on the Zoo TV tour in 1993, and those songs just came to life.
What’s your favorite film of all time?
It has always been a three-way tie. The Goonies, Fletch, and Back to the Future. Each of those movies frame my childhood in a unique way. Even today, The Goonies fills me with that sense of childlike exploration and wonder.
What’s your favorite Nashville coffee shop?
Starb... um, hold on. The truth is, I only drink Americanos, and I am a bit picky about the espresso flavor. The flavor profile can't be too sweet, and there are a handful of Nashville favorites that have that sweet roast. So I end up hitting the Bux more often than not. I'd love to drop a name, but I just haven't found the Nashville coffee shop hang that I have to frequent.
What’s the most important part of your life?
My faith in Jesus Christ is woven through everything.
How does your faith in Jesus define who you are?
Because I was created for His glory, I want everything about my life to glorify Him. I certainly can't say that is always the case, but I want my decisions, my actions, and who I am to bring Him glory.
How have your kids helped you grow in your relationship with God?
My kids remind me that I'm a sinner in need of grace. The job of being a parent comes with so much responsibility, and most of the time I turn that responsibility into an attempt to control things on my own. I frequently find myself confessing my inability to control and my need to surrender it to the Lord. This is great daily medicine for me. Real growth and passion comes from those circumstances where I am fully aware of my insufficiency.
Tell me a bit about your screen printing company and how you got connected with it.
About 6 years ago, I co-founded a startup called Storenvy, an online store system and social marketplace. At the time, we worked with a lot of clothing companies and bands, and we provided all of their t-shirt and apparel printing. Two years later, both the store system and the screen printing had really taken on a life of their own. We split the two apart and my current business partner and I rebranded as Threadbird Printing. We just celebrated our 4-year anniversary as Threadbird. We offer custom printed t-shirts, apparel printing, paper printing, posters, stickers, buttons, fulfillment, and more.
Before you started Threadbird, you lived in San Diego and were the lead singer of a band called This Holiday Life. Do you ever miss playing music and do you have any plan or dream of pursuing music again?
I get asked this question a lot. When we decided to call it quits with the band, I went through a bit of an identity crisis. I had been playing music with those guys for 15 years. I had a degree in business and an entrepreneurial spirit, but I had no idea what came next. I've since realized that God has given me different seasons to enjoy for what they are. I'm in full dad season right now, and I love it. I'm thankful to be fully engaged and present with my wife and my kids in the evenings and on the weekends. I do miss writing and performing, and I hope to do a little more someday, but it doesn't get me down. Music is still a huge passion of mine. Lately, that passion has been strictly as a consumer. I listen to a lot of music.
If you could go back in time and have a chat with your teenage self, what would you say?
I'm sure I would go on and on about how I should be careful not to live life as if it's a single frame in a long film reel and how the decisions I'm making will impact my future. But, the reality is, my teenage self wouldn't be able to comprehend any of that, and it probably wouldn't do any good.
In what ways are you failing as a parent and what are you doing to overcome that?
Patience. I have to constantly remind myself that my kids are two, five, and six. Then, I have to take a deep breath and think before I react, which is a whole lot easier said than done. Prayer and discipline are on my roadmap for improvement. My wife and I are a great source of encouragement and accountability to each other with this.
How do you see your faith play out in the the work you do?
I'm just trying to be faithful with what I've been given. I want to run my company, manage my employees, and take care of my customers with integrity. I want to be the aroma of Christ in those things.
What’s your greatest fear as a father?
I think my greatest fear as a father is that I won't do it right. It sounds silly to say it, but it's hard not to feel like every decision I make could change the course of my children's future.
What’s your greatest dream as a father?
That each of my kids would grow up to become men and women after God's heart. That our family would love each other.
What in your life challenges and grows your faith the most?
I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but during this season of my life, I would definitely say my kids. Few things are as beautiful and rewarding as being a dad. But, at the same time, each stage of the kids' lives requires a new kind of patience and nurturing. At each new stage, it’s hard not to feel like I suck at it. Then, when I finally feel like I’m dialing it in, we’re in the next new stage. But, it’s all part of God’s elaborate plan to refine me, causing me to constantly recognize that I’m insufficient to handle it on my own.
How do you find time to spend with God? What does that look like for you?
It's a struggle. I'm never as consistent as I want to be. Since the mornings are my only time of solitude, it's my goal to get up while the kids are still asleep and get in the word and spend some time in prayer. It shapes my day and is easily the best way to start it. Recently, I started reading through the Bible chronologically. I've always wanted to make it through the Bible in a year. I also like to journal my prayer. It helps me focus.
What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind for your children?
I wasn't raised in a Christian home. My parents didn't come to faith in Christ until later in life after I did. I want my children to know that the course of our family's future has been changed. I want my kids to see their mom and me living real resurrected life, confessing our mistakes, and being redeemed.
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