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The Highs Weren’t High Enough

Jay Brantley's Story

Jay was still trying to find his identity at the end of his first year at Clemson.

He brought with him the two pillars of his high school experience — his weed habit and his longtime girlfriend.

But the joys of getting high, and the excitement of their romantic infatuation couldn’t stop this spiritual ache for something greater.

When the cracks in their relationship pointed to a breakup, Jay’s whole life felt like it was about to fall apart.

At the time, Jay and his girlfriend had begun to attend NewSpring, which he hated the first time he attended freshman year. But Jay kept hearing a message there challenging him to surrender his life to Jesus.

Eventually, a realization hit him hard: His girlfriend was never meant to be the center of his life; Jesus was.

That night, Jay kneeled down on the floor of his dorm room and asked Jesus into his life.

"I wanted Jesus to save me from all this sin and confusion, and I wanted to love Him with everything I had,” he says.

Then Jay broke the news to his girlfriend: They could pursue Jesus together, in purity, or go their separate ways.

Ultimately, the two got involved at NewSpring, followed Jesus together, and soon were married. Now both are passionate about building the kingdom of God, and planning to serve as missionaries in Kenya. 

“Our relationship is completely focused on Jesus and His grace."“Our relationship is completely focused on Jesus and His grace," Jay says.

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