My relationship with God was somewhat like a dance— Dr Tony L. Warrick

My relationship with God was somewhat like a dance— Dr Tony L. Warrick

I am Dr Tony L. Warrick and I am an entrepreneur, educator, author of a book called Jesus and Coffee, and ambassador for the Kingdom of #Heaven.

I am the third of five children and I was born and raised in Washington, DC, U.S.A. In 1997, I relocated to North Carolina to earn a Bachelors degree, two Masters Degrees, as well as a Doctor of Theology degree. Lastly, I am married to a beautiful woman.

Growing up in Washington, D.C., I had to overcome incredible odds. For me, it was all about survival. There were unbelievable levels of violence motivated by the need and desire to obtain drugs, and territories for drugs distribution. There were witness killings and retaliatory killings. I experienced several of my schoolmates being killed by gun violence and I've been held up at gunpoint, twice. Washington, D.C had become known as the Murder Capital of the United States.

As I look back over my life, I cannot remember a time when #God was not a part of my life. My relationship with God was somewhat like a dance, sometimes it has been slow and affectionate, other times it has been fast and reckless. There have been times when I replaced Him with other dance partners and there have been times when He was the only one I could see myself dancing with.

I had been going to church mostly all my life but never understand what it meant to be saved. Every week, I went to Sunday morning Bible study, Sunday service, Wednesday night bible study, usher practice, choir rehearsal, and in the summer, I went to Bible school. I felt I had enough church for a lifetime. When I left Washington, D.C. in 1997 to attend college on a track and field scholarship, I surely wandered around in the wilderness chasing women instead of chasing God.

On January 12, 2010, during volunteer efforts in Port au Prince, Haiti, I rededicated my life to God. In a time of pain and frustration from that devastating earthquake, I asked God to forgive me of my sins and to enter my life. Right there and then, a warm internal feeling went through me, and tears started to fall from my eyes. I was forgiven, healed, redeemed, and delivered. From that day, Jesus was the only one I was running after.

I have learned that God does not waste experiences. Learning to deal with situations loaded with potential for conflict and violence has served me well because now I can speak to a wide range of people about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

As I continue to work on the aspects of my journey, my relationship with God is stronger today than yesterday, and it is getting even stronger. I feel held and loved by God and came to view my inner struggles as a gift. I know that my moments of emptiness have made me more relevant. I know that my victories and defeats have made me a better #counsellor. I know my academic and athletic achievements have made me a better #communicator.

My journey has taught me much about my faith and my passion for transformation. This passion has unveiled my purpose to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday living while helping people receive practical hope through Gods perfect love and grace. By pulling from the grace I experienced during my darkest lessons in life, God has allowed me to help individuals transform their lives, through spiritual health, personal growth, and professional development. It is my desire that people are equipped with practical principles to navigate the complex challenges life can bring while moving forward and making a huge impact in their community.

Always remember that Jesus has risen, which means, He can resurrect lost dreams, broken relationships, and restore every area of your life Equally, God's Word is perfect and powerful, but until you make it personal, it will have limited implications on the way we live our lives.

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When my pen bleeds, expressions are kept close to my heart, and as it bleeds the words from deep within through my writings, I discover I have created art. I display a piece of my soul. This is my work, my blood, and it should be an object of pride, no matter how much it is criticized or praised.