When I was in college, I went on a mission trip to New Orleans. It was amazing, how my BSU (Baptist Student Union) teacher set it all up and led us. I learned many things on that trip, many of which still effect me today. There was one lesson that I learned that has proven to be the most invaluable and the one lesson that has changed my life the most.
First, understand that Tammy was constantly teaching me, pushing me to accept and become the man God called me to be. At that point in my life, while I had accepted my calling, I was still fighting God on it all. Let me start this blog from the beginning of trip.
We had our gear packed, the money was secure, and we were amped and ready to head south. As the van, which we borrowed from a students parents, pulled off....something was different. Things were changing inside me, and I wasn't quite sure what it was. It was truly the beginning of my transformation into the man I am today.
There are so many out there that feel worthless. I've spent many years of my ministry career trying to help them see the truth. Still, what is the truth? Perhaps there is someone that reads these blogs that feels that way that will never get to hear me speak about this truth.
Truth is, God knew who you were long before you were even close to being born. Truth is, Christ loved you before time existed. When Jesus walked this earth, when He gave His iife on the cross, He was thinking about you. Still, did He know all you would do?
I've been called many things in my life. Some know me as a friend, others think me as an enemy. I'm known as a father, husband, son, brother, uncle, grandson, and cousin. People call me Antony, some call me Tony. Those close to me know me as Xtreme, the Xtreme 1, TX1, or many other combinations of those. I've been called a radical, a hypocrite. Some see me as a pastor, some as an evangelist. Still, who am I?
When you strip away the names and titles, who am I really? It's a question that my mentor once asked me...a simple question that really strips away everything and breaks us down to the basics. Let's search deep within, and see if we can all answer the question; "who am I?"
Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety.
Job 11:18 (NLT)