My Journey to Life Everlasting
Have you ever thought about where God is leading you?.. I didn’t until I was headed to Wyoming the summer before my freshman year of high school. Before that I had accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior, but I never knew what it meant until I was on a van headed to Wyoming. I realized that God wanted a relationship with me and that meant spend time in the Bible. So I started reading the Bible a few weeks before we actually left for the trip. When I went to the meetings they were talking about sharing the gospel with everyone, and up until that point in my life I didn’t know what the gospel was. I spent the whole meeting trying to figure it out! I finally asked my partner and made the connection between it and Jesus’ life and death on the cross for us. I knew how to be saved but never realized it was called the gospel. The trip was a real eye opener for me and after we got back I started being more serious about my time with God and seeking Him.
So that next fall I started high school and was not as consistent as I should be with my time with God. The one thing that really drove me my freshman year was that my friends were in the leadership group in our youth at my church. I knew what they had to do to be in the group so I started trying to be like that. But as I read God really got a hold of me and showed me that its not just something to do but its a life. Through high school it was a constant struggle to stay in the word of God. Jesus requires you to surrender your life to him (Luke 9:23) and to deny ourselves to follow Him. There are many times where I was on fire for God, there were also times where I was not where I needed to be and sadly it was more the later because I was not willing to surrender parts of my life to Him. Then sophomore year at summer camp I felt that God called me to ministry, but when I got back home I ran from it and ignored it taking it as a call to witness more. Towards the end of my Junior year I became a whole lot more consistent in my time with the Lord and really started growing. The summer after my Junior year I went to Africa and we went from village to village sharing about God our creator and Jesus Christ. I loved every minute of it, and did not want it to stop. When I was in Africa I started thinking about my call again and if it really happened or not. I talked to the missionary there and we prayed together about my call, and that night I told God that whatever He wanted I would follow Him.
As I continued to pray about what the Lord wanted me to do I felt like I was supposed to get my engineering degree and lead me into that. I found a college and I really liked it so applied to it and it alone and that was where I was going. This was fall my senior year of high school, and I went to passion 2011 in January. Through all of passion I was really looking for God to tell me something big, but it never came. My girlfriend though got called to ministry and I was super happy for her! It was very exciting! Once I knew that I started praying about how that would change our relationship and gave it to God and let Him lead it. When we got on the bus to go home her and another friend (who was called last year) shared about there call as I sat there and started thinking about myself and there God wrecked my world. I had had a peace about engineering but in that moment I had no idea. I felt like I was going to be somewhere other than here at some engineering company. Right there, I started praying and telling the Lord all my thoughts. After a while of praying and thinking I was settled and not freaking out so much and knew the Lord was in control and would one day reveal it to me. The next day I asked our associate youth pastor to play a specific song and he told me he would if I would explain why it was so important to me. So, I did. As we were worshiping that night I really felt the Lord leading me to write down what I wanted to talk about at warrior weekend (a guys weekend for our youth). Writing that down led into the Lord leading me to surrendering my life to Him. When He called me I told God to take my girlfriend out of the picture and if He still wanted me to surrender to ministry I would follow Him and He did just that and still wanted me. It was incredible!
That summer I was an intern for our youth and after the internship I realized that it wasn’t youth ministry that I was called to and I had a heart to do missions. Not that I didn’t like the internship I loved it and the Lord showed me a lot. I just know its not where I am called. Towards the end of the summer one of my friends got back from his mission trip and called me wanting to talk about it and share it with me! We met up and he shared everything it was so fascinating!!! He told me I had to do it haha at first I was like whatever but then I really started thinking about it. As I started praying and came to where I had to decide and Global Journey was the trip I was most comfortable with so I applied. A few days later I got a call from the leader of the trip