From the time I was in junior high I sensed a calling on my life from God to lead others and preach the gospel. Even though I loved Jesus, I did not particularly love the gentle, yet firm voice of His calling that was a constant companion and a growing conviction in my life. I honestly spent a few years running from that calling.
But finally in the summer of 2002 I quit running and surrendered to God’s calling to go into pastoral ministry. I told God I was willing to go wherever He wanted me to go (figuring it would be somewhere in a tropical region complete with white, sandy beaches and palm trees). But again, God had other plans!