I had no spiritual background. Occasionally mom would say a prayer once a year at the dinner table just to try and start something new, but never followed though. I just called myself a “Christian,” just because.
I am a sophomore at Eastern Kentucky University, a Criminal Justice Major. I joined Lambda Chi Alpha and one of my [fraternity] brothers, Dean, started inviting me to come out to Cru [Cru ministry on campus]. I came and I really liked it. But I kept playing the role of the first year student: partying. I thought that came with college, that I would put my religious beliefs on a shelf and I’ll get it down after I graduate.
But I wasn’t fulfilled just going out and partying. I felt nothing. And then I started to attend Bible studies, and they just kept drawing me in. I thought college was “party, party, party, go to school.” I never knew that I was going to find God in college.
One day, Dean invited me to the Greek Summit Trip 2011. I was pumped. I got the application, I was ready to go, and then I looked at the bottom of the page and I was shot. It cost $1,500. Well, I got my letter sent out to raise the money, and I got a total of $75 back. By then, I knew I wasn’t going.
I called Dean two days before the trip and said I couldn’t make it. I didn’t hear from him for a day leading up to the trip, so I knew for sure I wasn’t going. Then he called me, and said, “Dalton, pack your bags, we’re going. My church raised the $1,500.”
The trip was great. I was worried that I was going to be an outcast, awkward. But everyone had their own testimony, many people that had the same story as me. I felt very comfortable there.
One night before we went to bed, Dalton asked, “If God was to end the world today or right now, where would you go?”
I had never faced that question before. I said, “Well, I hope I’m going to heaven.” But I’d never been saved. He walked me through [salvation].
The next morning, May 14th, we went running. Dalton told me to think about it while running.
When I got back to the room, I opened my Bible up and started flipping through the pages. I don’t even know what book, chapter, or verse it was, just that the words “repentance,” “forgiveness,” and “acceptance” popped out at me.
I finally said a big prayer. “I accept Jesus as my savior, I want Your blood flowing through mine, just clean me. Bless me.”
Now that I have some background of reading the Bible, I started a Bible study here at McDonald’s where I work. Here at home, my city is dark. Nobody goes to church around my age.
I also went to share the Word with my parents. It was so hard. I was scared I was going to be judged, but they opened up to me, and said, “Maybe we want to go to church with you.” They even bought me a new Bible of my own.
They push me in some ways, to help me see that I can be strong in what I believe in, and never give up.
If you’re leading a team then you know you that this is crunch time. There are a few precious weeks with these people who have been entrusted to your care before your staff peel off to focus on MPD and prepare for their summer assignments. You can help your team end well by reminding them that they are not lone rangers. You can lead a discussion on what it means to be a TEAM.
There is tremendous comfort in the knowledge that we are "seated" with Christ. You have a seat at the table with Jesus. You are seated with Him right now. You are at the Greatest Table with the Greatest King.
“Perhaps the most undervalued quality of a great mind or, at least, an awakened mind, is the willingness to abandon cherished ideas that cannot stand up to new evidence.” Joseph Loconte “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
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