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For many years of my life, I thought the more success I could achieve, the more successful I would be as a Christian. I worked hard to succeed academically, athletically, and in ministry. I was confident I would achieve my dream career, but I didn't. My desire to succeed did not always come from sin. Sometimes I truly desired God's glory in whatever he blessed me with. Other times, I thought he owed me success since I vowed to give him credit for it. 

With pressures of the world and the goals I set at such a young age, I continued down the path of my personal will until I failed. Through failure, God showed me he didn't care as much about my success on this earth as he did my faith. I realized God’s kingdom sits "upside-down" to the world and its values. It’s contrary to my natural thinking and motivations. This is what I should seek--the kingdom of God. Perfection in Christ, and not the world, is what I should strive for. 

Jennifer Brogdon is a...

stay at home mom to Brooke and a wife to Shane. She and Shane met while running Cross-Country and Track and Field at Mississippi College. After graduating, she spent 6 months with Youth With A Mission in Switzerland and West Africa. She came home to marry Shane and began coaching at her former university while also teaching English as a Second Language in the Intensive English Program.

Today, Jennifer ministers to college runners and international students while teaching women's Bible studies at her church and developing discipleship relationships.  She currently works as an intern at The Gospel Coalition and writes for Desiring God, Unlocking the Bible, and more. For hobbies, she enjoys running, reading, and traveling as well as watching classic movies that feature Elvis Presley, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, and Doris Day, to name a few. She and her husband Shane are members of Grace Community Church in Jackson, MS.