I would have never imagined my decision to follow someone could turn so selfish and deadly, creating years of shame and pain that followed many. In chapter one of my book Unshackled, I begin to share the consequences I made at seventeen to follow my favorite yet older cousin to a bar to drink and play a few games of pool. In Mark 8:34-35 Jesus reminds me that to follow Him, still the worlds most influential leader, begins with denying self and embracing my cross. There is no room for my selfish desires when embracing the will of God. The results I have discovered in doing His will over mine, is my life begins to influence others to also follow Jesus and to personally know our heavenly Father.