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Student Spotlight: “Never Say Never.”

Never in my life did I think I wouldn’t be going to college right now.  Never would I have chosen to live in Kentucky, of all places. And never would I have predicted that I would be training to become a missionary, living with 26 other Christian women.

Then God said, “Never say never!”

In the past three years, I’ve been accepted to nine different colleges, attended two of them, and changed my major three times. I kept yearning for something else – something extraordinary. After so many changes, I was excited to finally begin working towards my bachelor this fall.

I kept yearning for something else – something extraordinary.

Little did I know, my college choice wasn’t what was holding me back from my “extraordinary” vision.

My plans changed once again this summer, except this time, God was the one choosing the new plan.  I found out about YWAM and the amazing opportunity to attend their Discipleship Training School, with a full two months of missions included. Somehow I just knew this is what I was meant to do!

Two weeks into my DTS, I was in class when God said to me, “You were never meant to be ordinary.” All I could do was sit there and smile. For the first time in my life, I finally feel like I am living outside the “ordinary box.”

The funny part is, all I had to do was turn to God and surrender my life to Him, saying, “Here you go, God.  It’s all yours.”  You would think surrendering my entire life to God would be scary, but it’s actually a burden lifted off of my shoulders.  I’ve learned to say “yes” whenever He calls me to something, because He always has my best interest at heart.

For the first time in my life, I finally feel like I am living outside the “ordinary box.”

I can still have dreams and make plans for my life, but ultimately, it’s about what God wants for my life. If my life is a gift from Him, I should be doing everything I can to live it to the fullest. That includes being willing to surrender my dreams and plans if He asks me to, because my purpose in life is to fulfill God’s purpose.

I’m still waiting for God to show me whether I’ll be going back to college after DTS. What I do know right now is that God has definitely called me to help fulfill the Great Commission. So while I wait for more specific guidance, I’ll continue to learn more about God and develop a stronger relationship with Him.

10636695_10201922494823368_6984591289324431940_oSara is originally from Michigan and never dreamed she’d wind up in Kentucky for Discipleship Training School. She’s loving life in Louisville now and gearing up for her DTS outreach to South Asia.

“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” – Philippians 1:6 (MSG)