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Joel Ashcraft

My Story

I was born into a Christian family where both of my parents were Salvation Army officers. So this meant that I was in church several times a week and our family would often talk about the Bible, God, and Jesus. Unfortunately, throughout all of this, I didn't really have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I knew all about Him, but I didn't know Him personally. As a result of this, I began to drift away from the ideals that my parents had brought me up in.

It wasn't until I went off to study business in college that I really came to know Jesus. During my college years I began the search to find out who I was, as a Christian, and to find out what it meant to know Christ as my Savior. I was challenged in my beliefs and was given the opportunity to figure out why I believed what my parents taught me.  It became clear that in order for me to really follow Jesus and to love Him as I was supposed to, I needed to surrender my own selfish ambitions.

I had planned my whole life out and thought that I would be a successful businessman, with a nice house, a loving family, and someone who served at my own church. I had planned my life on my own terms.  However, in doing this, I felt that there was always something missing; there was always a hole in my life. But once I decided that I would stop following my own desires and start following what Jesus wanted from me my life took a drastic turn. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Once I began to really implement this thought process into my life, I found that the Lord began to fill the hole that was in my life. Now, I can confidently say that I am living as the Lord wants me to live and my joy has been made complete in Him.