In everything you do, put God first; He will direct and crown your efforts with success. - Proverbs 3:6
This verse of the bible has been the foundation for Jim Sheldon and his Putting God First Ministry. It's a verse that speaks of the promise of God on Jim's life as long as his priority of Putting God First stays at the forefront of this ministry.
Jim stated, "After I repented and got my life straight with Jesus, I immediately started praying, seeking what God wanted me to do. I joined my first quartet, Solid Rock III, singing bass not long after that. I felt right at home and thoroughly enjoyed my time there! But, I wanted to be sure this was God's path for me. I didn't want to start down the wrong path like I had done before in my life."
It was at this time that God highlighted Proverbs 3:6 to Jim. It was from that point forward that Jim totally surrendered his future plans to God. Jim spent almost 20 years working jobs that wouldn't conflict with a singing schedule. During that time, Jim honed his craft, spending six incredible summers studying at the Charles Novell School of Music.
"There were many times when disappointment and frustration drove me to quit, but God would always open a new door for me." recalled Jim. One such door was opened for Jim when he was given the opportunity to sing with The Keetons, founded by Gold City tenor, Dan Keeton.
"Dan Keeton took a chance on me," mentioned Jim. He hired me to sing baritone for his group. Under Dan's wings, God brought fine tuning to the training, hard work and experiences that would be required of me to start a solo ministry."