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Gavin Byrd

Gavin was baptized at FBCTLH on Sunday, February 16

I wasn’t raised in church, and I didn’t really come to know Christ until I was about 17. I had honestly believed Christianity to be just an act that people chose to put on so that they could feel holier than others. In the years prior to me coming to know Christ, I had been dealing with what I thought were just feelings of inadequacy, and lack of pride of who I was, but what I was really looking for was something to give me real fulfillment. I had kept searching for fulfillment in drinking, partying, and just trying to fit in with the crowds of all these people. But eventually the effects of these idols would wear off and I would be back at rock bottom, not being content with who I was, and having a really unhealthy mindset. It wasn’t until a friend of mine who showed real genuine care for me invited me to go to a youth group that night did I come to know Christ. It was there that I just broke down in front of God and laid out all the baggage I had been carrying before Him. It was there that I understood how real this Jesus thing was. Society has it wrong; it portrays it as this faith that has wrath and judgment for everyone, when it really is the exact opposite. God washed away all the feelings of inadequacy and self-loathing and replaced them with genuine love, comfort, and fulfillment. There have been many ups and downs since then in my relationship with God, but now I’m ready to live my life out the way He has planned it for me. I don’t plan on it being easy, but if it’s anything like I’ve learned from my experiences, when you live your life sold out to Christ it becomes worth so much more than anything this world can offer you. Which has led me here today, ready to proclaim Jesus as my Lord and Savior.