Growing up, church was not a huge priority and even less as I got into college. After a year of trying everything I knew how to do in order to earn the love and approval of God I completely abandoned all forms of religion. Toward the end of my senior year of college I began looking into various faiths due to an increasing problem with stress and anxiety, only to land at the foot of the cross of Christ. After reading in the book of Matthew one night in my apartment, God began to open my eyes to the reality of what He had done on my behalf through the life, death and resurrection of His Son Jesus. I called my college pastor and simply told him, “I think I might like Jesus…” He met with me and explained for the first time what it meant to be a follower of Christ and two weeks later, I surrendered my life to Jesus. God has since been teaching me more of His love and grace in the gospel as a follower, husband, father, and college pastor.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20