Growing up, I would attend church with my parents, but I did not pursue a personal relationship with Jesus. Once I got to my senior year of high school, I started to question the existence of God and eventually became a self-proclaimed agnostic. I began living a life of selfishness and sin, and because I figured there was no God to hold me accountable for what I knew, there was no conviction.

Because I wanted to live for myself, I entered college with the expectation that I was going to be drinking, partying, and having casual relationships with guys. That was until I met my first college friend. My future small group leader helped move in my roommate and I asked my roommate if she wanted to hang out, but her and my small group leader already made plans. I decided to tag along and I was astonished by the joy that my small group leader radiated!

I didn’t know it at the time, but she exuded the joy of the Lord that I had never seen before. Not only that, but she spoke about Jesus as if he was real and tangible. She invited me to events and into her life, and through that, I had a revelation of the worth and reality of Jesus during my first semester in college and decided to follow him.

No longer was I seeking partying and drinking, but I sought after the things of the Kingdom. If it wasn’t for my small group leader’s obedience and willingness to be my first college friend, I may not have ever been reunited into an eternal friendship with Jesus.