College: University of Texas at Arlington
Major: Business Finance
Hometown: Kennedale, Texas
Role in Glowing Heart: Percussionist
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)
For sixteen years I struggled with trying to find my purpose and meaning in life, looking everywhere for the answers, but still found myself lost. During those years I tried everything I could to fit in with the world around me, seeking the approval of the people in this world, but yet I still felt worthless. Sleepless nights arose as I got older, scared to fall asleep, because I didn’t know where I would go if I never woke up. Over and over I was told good works got me into heaven, but that didn’t seem too assuring since I failed at being good all the time. In the month of March 2012 I was introduced to Jesus Christ, a name that wasn’t all too familiar to me. Sixteen years the devil blinded my eyes to the saving Grace that comes through Jesus’s death and resurrection from the grave. “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:4)” It was that same month that I gave my life to Jesus and fully surrendered to His will for my life! Though the devil was blinding me, God’s all surpassing power made Himself known to me and revealed His saving grace found ONLY through Jesus. Now I seek the approval of God and not of the people of this world!
The Lord recently has been teaching me about the joy that comes from our simple obedience towards Him. He simply calls us and we are to simply respond to that call, no matter what it is. It’s been amazing to see how the Lord has molded me and worked through me by my simple obedience towards Him. I’ve recently surrendered to the call to preach/pastor during the summer of 2016 and look forward to see how God will prepare me for what He has in store. I would’ve never thought in a hundred years this was what God would call me to, but God can do crazy things through our simple obedience towards Him!
This is my first year as an official Glowing Heart member!! I can say I’ve already been stretched and taken out of my comfort zone, but I still look forward to what else the Lord will do and teach. It’s such a blessing to work with a group of people so focused on Jesus and broken for the lost and broken hearted.