Signature Q&A: Jim Prout

JIM PROUT, executive director and CEO of Christian Services Inc., is a licensed and ordained minister who has grown up with a passion for helping hungry, hurt and lost people. He attended The University of Southern Mississippi and has a background in business and restaurant management. Returning to Christian Services Inc. in the ‘90s as director of operations, he has been fully devoted to the vision of reaching the community for Jesus. Prior to accompanying Jim in full-time ministry, his wife, Maggie, also worked in the food industry. They are the proud parents of two boys and have an incredible staff to help shine the love of Jesus to those in need.

What is your idea of happiness?
Being with Jesus, which we could stop there, but it’s better. Along with Jesus and reconnecting with loved ones, the Bible says, there is NO pain or sorrow. We will receive a NEW body. We will have work of some sort, which is great because I don’t sit still well…lol  

What is your favorite quality in a woman?
Full Package – I may be biased, but my wife, Maggie, has it. She has gumption to problem solve and make firm decisions. She has grace of a deer with hidden horns of a bull…lol. Her beauty (inside and out)  and smile melt me down allowing her loving hold to remind me how blessed I am!

What is your favorite quality in a man?
Humility – A man with humility can accomplish anything because he sees the bigger picture, how it includes others to accomplish it, and knows it’s not all about him.

What is trait you most deplore in yourself?
I have a habit I fight most: procrastination, which eats into my time management. With much that needs to be done, it’s more than uncomfortable.

What is your greatest fear?  
We have the opportunity, each day, to impact others around us. Often it’s the small things, not monumental, that are building blocks in someone’s life. I know I am not perfect, but don’t want to miss the opportunity to encourage, help, or just smile into someone else because I am having an “off day.”

What is your most prized possession?  
I have a Bible, given to me many years ago. It has notes, highlights, thoughts that remind me of life storms God has brought me through and secure the promise that He is more than able to keep doing so.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
I try not to deplore others or their traits. Each of us are a work in progress.

What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
My back story. It is a collection of events that have shaped me, good or bad. I am not proud of it all, but thankful for where it has brought me, and left me hopeful towards the future.

What do you most value in your friends?
They are there. Regardless of time or location, we pick up conversation like we were just talking yesterday. I know that if I needed one of them, they would be there in dire times.

What is your idea of misery?
Being alone and separated. We need interaction. We need relationship. We need hope. Being disconnected from the Spirit of God, separated from others, and lost to questioning self is how I would describe misery.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Jesus, Dad (Bill Prout), Grandpa – Yes, there are MANY others. But I will say for these three, I have admired how they selflessly gave themselves to others, loved the Lord, and loved their families.

What do you hate the most?
I hate HATE. Hate breeds hurt, disrespect, neglect, abuse, and more, both against others and one’s self.

What is your greatest regret?
I don’t know, or haven’t labeled something as regret. I know that each situation in my life has brought influence into my life helping to create a mindset and life that I know is nothing without the saving grace of Jesus.

Which talent would you most like to have?  
Rhythm - I can’t dance, play instruments, and you don’t want me to sing a song. Doesn’t stop me from trying though.

What is your present state of mind?
Mississippi, joking. Even when stretched, my foundation is remembering that I AM a child of God and His promise is to use ALL things, good and bad, for good in my life.

Who are your favorite authors?  
John Maxwell, Joyce Myer, Kyle Idleman, C.S. Lewis.

What is your motto?  
Work hard, love deep, and give until it’s gone…then ask God for a refill to repeat.

How would you like to die?
Like the saying, “I want to go peacefully, like my grandfather, in his sleep; not screaming like the passengers in his truck.”  

What would you eat for your last meal?
I am a meat and potatoes man. I don’t need much on the frills or thrills.