Well, what can I say about myself? I mean, I'm just your typical guy; student by day and superhero by night. You know... I enjoy walks on the beach and fine dinning. Send me flowers in school and my heart will just melt! For those of you not familiar with satire, those were all jokes... I just kinda sit here and get fatter. Kind of bathe in my own smell. Other than that, I am some what active. I hangout with my friends, go to school, and go to church, slash, church activities. I'm not sure what else I could say...
My Testimony on how I found Christ:
Before I had accepted Christ, I was in a state of depression for about two years straight. When I was fourteen, my older brother got involved in an unhealthy, worldly lifestyle, which led to his expulsion from high school. Shortly after, my younger brother followed in his footsteps. Being the only son left who hadn’t given into a life of drugs and alcohol and the only one still in school, I felt a tremendous amount of pressure to please my parents and give them some type of hope; to make them feel they hadn’t raised three failures. It was around this time I fell into a two-year depression.
I was sixteen when I had accepted Christ. A young man named Khajag introduced me to the church I attend and I could still remember what I thought and felt that first day. It was April 22nd, 2005. The reason I remember this date is because it was the first Friday after I had gotten my driver’s license on the 19th. I still carry that expired license around so I wont forget. That day, I remember thinking how strange it was that people were happy and having fun at church; playing something other than an old organ during worship. People were writing in their Bibles and taking notes! It was all new to me, because I came from an Armenian orthodox background that shunned that kind of behavior. I also remember feeling the void in my heart being filled almost instantly as I participated in worship.
Though I was sixteen when I accepted Christ, it took almost five years for me to realize what that meant. Though I was a Christian, I lacked that fervor; that fire I wanted and I didn’t know why. It wasn’t until 2009 near the end of August or the beginning of September did it occur to me what I had been missing. Prior to that date, I was an emotional wreck and in desperate need for answers. There was something on my mind I couldn’t stop thinking about. That night, God made things very clear to me! It was like a scene from the movies: I had just rested my head on my pillow and shut my eyes when suddenly God revealed to me the answer and I just shot right back up and praised God and asked for forgiveness.
You see, even though I had accepted Christ as my Savior and Lord, God made it very clear to me that I lacked a personal relationship with Him. Up until that point, He wasn’t the center of my life and I had put other things (useless and unimportant things) before Him. That night, I rededicated myself to the Lord and ever since I’ve been reading and praying more and eagerly seeking Him and ways to glorify Him. Philippians 4:8 became the theme verse of my life:
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent and praiseworthy—think about such things.”
And whenever I feel myself slipping or thinking the way I use to, I am reminded of this verse.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is the first line in James 1:
“This letter is from James, a SLAVE of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (NLT)
Though James was the leader of the Jerusalem church and had great authority, he considered himself a slave and disregarded his prestige status and power. This verse has become my goal, my lifestyle; my “halakah” if you would and when I finally die, I hope I’ll be remembered as “Anthony, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8