My Plan is Different From God’s
Categories: Devotional, Prayer
I was raised in a ministry oriented family. My grandfather is the Lead Pastor at my home church, my father is the Family and Youth Pastor at the same church, and my mom is our church’s Worship Leader and Principal of my Christian high school. As you might assume, I was taught God’s word everyday of my life.
Growing up, I did not want to go into ministry. I loved football and money! I wanted to play college football and then own my own business. I spent hours in the gym, weight room, and on the field bettering myself at the sport. At the end of my junior year in high school, I received an academic and leadership scholarship to play football at Maranatha Baptist University in Wisconsin. I was beyond excited¾my plan was working. I planned on playing for MBU while working towards a degree in business management. Well, that was not God’s plan for my life.
The summer after my junior year of high school, a great revival happened in my life and I started craving Jesus. I couldn’t get enough of Him! After a summer youth camp, I felt a strong tug on my heart for lost young people. I felt God calling me to student ministry. I told my parents about my calling and of course they were excited, but they gave me Godly counsel and told me to soak it with prayer. That entire summer I asked God, “God if you’re really calling me to serve you in the ministry, please send me a sign.”
At the beginning of my senior year in high school, my aunt and uncle who live in Gravette, Arkansas, told me about the Cross Church School of Ministry. I felt like God was beginning to show me an answer for His call, but I was still hesitant and wanted to play football. Exactly a week later, a family in my church told me that if I felt called to ministry and wanted to attend the School of Ministry, they would pay for it. Right then and there is when I felt that God was telling me, “Josiah, I am calling you to ministry and here is your sign, now go!” I enrolled in the School of Ministry.
My plan was far from God’s plan. I did not think that I would be leading small groups and discipling young people throughout the week. God has yet again blown my mind, and I am so thankful He did. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Follow God’s plan, not your own.