In 2019, when I came to USF, I always wore a sweater that was gifted to me by my mother. It summarized a verse from Galatians on it - “..Faith + Works = Success”. A campus minister apparently saw it and stopped me for a conversation. He wanted to talk about Jesus, and I did not. I had grown up in a Christian household, got baptized twice, and was convinced I knew all of what the campus minister had to say – Ha!
I kept seeing the same guy everyday though. Probably the 50th or so time after avoiding him, I stopped. I was reluctant at first, but I figured I could talk for a minute. He asked me about what I believed in. I talked. He talked. He listened. I kind of listened.
After talking for a while, he invited me to a Bible study. It took me a couple of months to accept the invite though. During the first couple of Bible studies, it was honestly very educational. But then, the words from the Bible study started getting really personal and direct. I had to choose between my way and God’s way, between my righteousness (which I found out were filthy rags), and His
righteousness (which is by faith). I counted the cost, and thankfully I chose Him. I repented of my sins and gave my life to Jesus in the Spring of 2020 and got baptized on March 13th, 2021. The campus minister was there too. Along with his best friends, who are now my friends.
I am so thankful that a huge God would notice such a small me. And that He would take the time to tell a young man where to walk every morning, to catch me on my way to class or work, and to tell me that Jesus loves me, and that He died for my sins on a cross, and He wants a relationship with me. Like me... specifically... at this moment. That is amazing! Now I walk the same avenues with my brothers and sisters in Christ, to tell others about this wonderful big God, that saved me, and wants to save them. Beautiful! ~Jordane