August 11 2014

Bradley’s Story

I came into college without a lot of thought about living for God. I knew that I wanted to be a part of a campus ministry, but I hadn’t thought much past that in regard to my relationship with God. I ended up joining a Chi Alpha small group at the beginning of last year, and it ended up being one of the best decisions I could possibly make.

I started off the year feeling more alone and anxious than I had ever felt in my life. I knew I had God but I still felt so alone and the feelings felt so overwhelming and always seemed to be there. I felt unloved and not cared for coming into a new place with hardly any friends. I didn’t know if I would ever feel normal again and I couldn’t handle the feelings any longer. But then I got involved with Chi Alpha and started doing a small group so I would be able to get closer to God and make friends, though at the time God wasn’t the driving force behind me wanting to get involved.

Through my involvement in small group I was able to meet people that actually seemed to care about me which started to help me feel better about who I was as a person. God started to draw me closer than I ever had been to him through my small group. We talked about things that made me think and made me want to know more about God and the Bible. I was starting to find my identity in Christ and realizing who I was in Him and how special I truly was. I was starting to feel a joy in my life unlike anything I had ever experienced before. As time kept going on I noticed that I kept growing closer to God and it was making me more and more excited!

God also gave me someone to disciple me through that group in my leader, Jackson Maxey, who has been so helpful in spurring me on in my relationship with the Lord. His leadership, as well as my other leaders’ was an integral part in the work that the Lord did in my life. My best friends at Tech I met through my small group also. We spurred each other on in our relationships with the Lord and were able to be vulnerable with one another and keep each other accountable to certain things. God did so much in my life through that amazing group of guys and my life is so much fuller because of it.

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17