Back to School with Kutless
We sat down with three of the guys from Kutless to talk about what they were like in high school.
Here's what they had to say about the lessons they learned.
James Mead: "My biggest struggle was pride. I thought I was awesome. I was in this band that I started when I was a freshman. By the time I was saved as a junior, we'd become the band from high school everyone would come see. I was all about that attention. We were so popular and were being looked at by a major record company. As I started to grow in Christ, I realized I needed to back out of that situation fast—it was all about glorifying me and not about telling people the truth about Jesus. It was a cool thing the Lord did at that point. He showed me that, on one hand, I had worldly promises and, on the other, I had God's provision. It was my chance to step out in faith and believe God was calling me to something else. So, I quit the band and soon after, I joined Kutless."
Jon Micah Sumrall: "I was a ridiculous overachiever. I pushed myself very hard. I had to get perfect grades. I had to win every award. I played soccer, basketball and ran track. I was very involved in church. I was sleeping between 2 and 5 hours a night. Stress and lack of sleep destroyed my health. I had bronchitis 13 or 14 times and I got mono. I found myself so busy—even with stuff at church—that I was too busy to spend time with God. Life wasn't any fun at all. When my health really started failing at the end of my sophomore year, I slowly realized my priorities were way out of whack. I began to learn what is really important and what isn't. By the time I got to college, I'd learned that relationships, time with God and relaxing were so much more important than making sure I got a 4.0. Even now, I still try to balance my life and choose what really matters."
Ryan Shrout: "Finding my own identity was the hardest thing. I would wait until the week after school started to see what everyone was wearing and then go buy my clothes so I'd fit in. I was a follower. I didn't live my faith fully in my high school and I regret that. I gradually had to learn to be true to who God created me to be, to just care for people, to be proud of who I was as a Christian and to not care what was 'in.'"
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