I was absolutely convinced that I was going to Oral Roberts University.

My friend, Cameron, went there when I was still in high school. I used to drive out there with him at the beginning of every school year and help him move his stuff. I loved it. I especially loved it because it was far away…a new adventure. I remember praying about this huge decision and asking God to lead and guide my steps. When I look back, I can only imagine how my life would have been different if I had not listened to God.

I felt God call me during the last part of my senior year to attend Southeastern College in Lakeland, FL. It was a small, christian college only an hour from home. I decided to visit the campus. The moment I stepped foot on that little campus tucked away behind some orange groves (not kidding), I knew that would be my new home away from home for the next four years.

I arrived on campus at the end of August, 1997. I made a promise to myself right then that I would give all I had to the college experience over the next four years. I even resolved within myself to actually study some, too. I absolutely loved my time at Southeastern. It was a small school, but there were so many “God moments” along the way that served as the foundation for the rest of my life. I started to help with a worship team during my freshman year. God used this to develop my leadership and musical skills. This is also the band that I was traveling with when I met Dara. I also met a pastor named Ed Ivie that worked at a church called Calvary Assembly while I was ministering with this band. He would later offer me a job and I would later end up marrying Dara.

Six years at Calvary and 3 kids later…my life has been completely shaped by a decision I made as a 17 year old. God brought you to where you are for a reason. He has the future prepared for you. Continue to get to know him more and listen to his voice.

I’m glad I didn’t go to Oral Roberts University.