14 years ago today…I publicly gave my life to full-time ministry.
14 years ago today…I walked down to the front of First Baptist Church in Florence, SC, took my pastor Jimmy Harley’s hand, and accepted the call of God on my life.
14 years ago today…God changed the trajectory of my life forever.
I still remember it like it was yesterday.
It was a scary thing for a senior in high school to do. For most people, they have no idea what they are going to do with their lives and even if they think they know, it changes 4 or 5 times during or after college. But there I was, not only confident enough to say it, but saying it in front of friends, family and church members. I was putting all my chips on the table.
Here’s what you need to know: I’ve never regretted it for a second. It’s one of the top three decisions I’ve ever made in my life (the other two would be accepting Christ and marrying my wife!) Many times things haven’t made sense or I haven’t known what the next step would be, but I’ve always been confident that this was God’s idea and his call, not mine. I’m simply being obedient.
Two takeaways from this for you think about this week:
- We need to do a better job of remembering the milestones in our lives. I am firm believer that we see God’s hand in the present by remembering his hand in the past. What are the spiritual milestones in your life? Are you doing a good job remembering them and learning from them? Why not?
- Sometimes God calls us to make huge leaps of faith. I took a giant step as a senior in high school to publicly say that I would serve God with my life. I’ve made other steps, the most recent being moving my family to Myrtle Beach to start Wellspring. What major leap is God calling you to make right now? What is stopping you from jumping? And if God isn’t calling to take a big leap, why not? Have you asked him lately?