This ordinary woman has again been blessed with an extraordinary opportunity. I have the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite people in the world – Tim Hawkins. He is a creative genius – making wonderful things out of nothing with his original music, clever musical parodies, relatable jokes, hilarious impersonations and now he’s an author with the recent release of his first book entitled Diary of a Jackwagon. Still, with all of Tim’s success, he exudes a humility and genuineness that is rare in the entertainment industry. This humility and genuineness makes him powerfully credible as he slows down his show for a few moments and effectively shares the message of abundant life, joy, freedom and hope that comes through Jesus Christ and the victory that we can have through placing our trust in His completed work on the cross and His powerful resurrection. Tim calls his fans Jackwagons and they absolutely adore him for it. If for some reason, that I personally cannot fathom, you are unaware of who Tim Hawkins is, buckle up because you are about to find out and go on a truly joyful ride.
Now let’s meet the man behind the incredibly funny comedian and masterful musician –
Madeline: Welcome Tim. Your comedy career requires that you be on the road touring most weekends out of the year. What are a few of the practical things that you do in order to capitalize on your time at home with your family during the week?
Tim: I’ve become a lot better about balancing my time. When I’m on the road, I’m on the road. When home, I’m home. I don’t write as much at home anymore. I focus on the act more when I’m on the road. I had a couple months off recently and I was encouraged that I wasn’t anxious about getting back out on the road. Some comics don’t take care of themselves that way. You have to let the cup be empty so you can fill it back up again.
Madeline: You and your wife, Heather, will be celebrating 23 years of marriage soon – congratulations! What, in your opinion, has been the secret to successfully navigating the ups and downs of marriage?
Tim: Love isn’t a feeling. It’s a choice. It’s also not a competition. It’s a place you have to allow yourself to be vulnerable. That’s not easy, because when you’re vulnerable it exposes the weaknesses of your character. Love is about allowing someone in and trusting them with the most needy parts of yourself. We choose to love one another, and it’s much easier when you really like the other person.
Madeline: Would you agree that marriages are under attack both inside and outside of the Church? What would you like to say to the reader that is struggling in their marriage or even considering divorce?
Tim: Absolutely. I believe (from my own experience) that most relationships suffer because of pride, self-importance and envy. We have these feelings like we’re not getting all out of life that we deserve. The 80’s wasn’t the “me” decade. Every decade is the “me” decade. Because that’s what people do. They think happiness comes from getting things for themselves. Not just material, but social and psychological and spiritual things. Jesus said to gain life you have to lose it. You want happiness in this life? Then die. Die to yourself. Better yet, commit yourself to others. In marriage, commit to die for the other person. What better love is this than to lay down your life for someone?
Madeline: As the father of your 4 children, what do you want to instill in each of your children, before they leave the provision of your home?
Tim: I want to instill in them confidence and peace and love and generosity and hard work and no whining and honor. And whatever it takes for them to be able to afford one of those nice motorized scooters for me when I get older.
Madeline: Assuming that you and the other men that tour with you face daily temptations and struggles, what methods do you use to help each other and hold each other accountable?
Tim: I have a great friend who I can tell anything to. Isolation is what will kill you on the road. If you have someone you can include in your life, share your battles with, that takes a lot of power away from the enemy. It doesn’t mean the temptations go away, but it does mean you have a great weapon against it when it rears its ugly head. There’s a reason Jesus sent his disciples out in twos. Also there’s some great accountability software out there that works wonderfully.
Madeline: Which personality trait or quirk inherited from one of your parents, surprised or alarmed you the most?
Tim: I obsess about car keys. If I don’t know where they are at all times, I can’t function. Like my dad.
OK, lightening round:
Madeline: New gadget or time spent? Tim: Angry Birds 2
Madeline: Soda pop or sweet tea? Tim: Neither, sugar is the devil.
Madeline: Football or hockey? Tim: Footkey
Madeline: French fries or onion rings? Tim: Yes please.
Madeline: Spiders. Relocated or squished? Tim: Squished – then relocated.
Madeline: Chocolate. Milk or dark? Tim: Dark as night – with almond butter.
Madeline: Tim, what’s something funny about yourself that we don’t already know?
Tim: Diana Ross makes me cry.
Madeline: Road travel can really take a toll on our well-being. How do you manage to stay fit and strong?
Tim: I’ve been eating the Whole30 lifestyle. It’s similar to paleo eating. I also stopped eating breakfast. I have more energy that way. Also I try to work out every day. I’ll take a kettle bell and some TRX bands when there’s not a gym available. I’ve learned that most of staying healthy is what I’m eating.
Madeline: What’s your least favorite aspect of touring?
Tim: I don’t like it that Heather has to deal with the day to day a lot by herself. Sure, I’m just a phone call away, but there’s something about being physically present as a father that makes a difference. I don’t have a lot of great wisdom to give to my children. I don’t think that’s my main job. My main job is to be present. I feel closer to them when I’m literally closer to them.
Madeline: Tim, please tell the readers where they can follow you.
Also, Highway 70 usually
Thank you so much for spending time with us Tim. This has been a real treat for me and the readers. Special thanks to Tim’s incredible Road Manager, Chris “Freight” Mabrey for coordinating this interview.
So there you have it – Tim Hawkins. Are you still wondering why Tim is someone that I greatly admire or do you now understand? Many refer to him as “funny man” but he is so much more to me. Truth be told, God used Tim Hawkins and his very unique set of gifts to restore my joy after one of the darkest periods in my life. God created laughter. Thank you Tim, for delivering it to me and to so many others! Proverbs 17:22 says a joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Please check out Tim’s website timhawkins.net where you will find fantastic merchandise including his hilarious collection of DVDs, touring schedule and tickets to shows and the link to his new free podcast entitled Poddy Break. Go to diaryofajackwagon.com for Tim’s debut book.
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