I knew a lot of Bible stories as I grew up, but I never made the connection between all the knowledge and having a relationship with Christ.
I missed the main connection and that persisted through most of my life.
I also had a lot of anger problems as a kid. I was not living a Christ-centered life. I knew, “this is what you should and shouldn't do,” but whether I wanted to listen to it depended on my feelings.
I was excited to go home and fix my family. I felt all the problems with my family were due to the fact that I had anger management. So I felt with Christ I could fix that.
But the night I got home, my parents sat me down and told me they were getting divorced.
That sent me on a downward tumble into depression and suicidal thoughts. I started living a two-faced life so that my friends wouldn’t know. I acted all excited and happy even into high school where I joined Young Life just to keep up appearances.
Then a friend convinced me to go to summer camp with Young Life that summer, and I finally opened up about how I was really feeling and how life had been going the last few years.
Through talks with him about the gospel and Christ's power, I realized if I want to feel better and actually live life to its fullest I had to allow Christ to work in my life and not run away from Him. So that's when I re-dedicated my life to Christ.
It took a couple years for me to get a discipler to really walk with me and help me from my junior and senior year on. I am still really broken, still really not understanding things at times, but slowly walking that path.
That led me to college. I joined the Air Force ROTC at Ohio State University. And I got involved with Cru. We call it Real Life at Ohio State. I met a lot of great guys here who have continued to build me up in Christ and point me to Christ. And through that I felt a calling to minister to the military, and I felt I should start doing that now – in college.
This past summer I was at field training in downtown Texas and met with some people down there through Valor, the ROTC cadet and midshipman ministry of Cru on local college campuses. And I decided to start up Cru Valor and another study to partner with Officer Christian Fellowship. This year the Valor ministry at OSU had 3 women and 5 men involved.
Fraternity Brother Dalton Hook entered university thinking he it was about partying and studying. He never expected to find God there, and pray and receive Christ in May of 2011 at Greek Summit, a summer trip for Greek Students involved with Cru.
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.
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