Today I am giving thanks and praise for the life of Christian Schmidt. Early this morning, Christian opened his eyes and beheld the face of his Savior. He was only 21 years old, but he spent his time here pouring himself out for the sake of the gospel and the glory of Christ.
God had called him to pastor. He was still in school when, earlier this year, he found out his cancer had returned. No one would have faulted Christian for withdrawing from school to finish out his days with his family, enjoying what time he had left. Instead, Christian resolved to finish out his days fulfilling God’s call to be a minister of the Gospel. He knew his time was short, so he filled his calendar with as many speaking engagements as God would give him.
God used Christian to impact hundreds of people over these last six months, my family included. He spoke to anyone and everyone who would listen, from teens in their youth groups and baptist men’s breakfasts to the prisoners at the county jail. He kept a blog for his studies and sermons. I hope you’ll take some time to read and be challenged by Christian’s testimony of the power of Christ. His “Bucket List” was most-challenging to me at the time of its writing. (And please, please say a prayer for his family. He leaves behind two godly, but broken-hearted, parents and a brother.) His motto was “Live Weak,” and this is some of what he shared in his last post, Soli Deo Gloria to the End:
Some may say that I don’t need to push myself too hard, but this is looking at my strength rather than seeing it as God who strengthens me, “with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” Besides, if I push myself too hard, then I will get to go to heaven sooner. It is a win-win situation regardless of how you look at it. Praise be to His holy, righteous name. I rejoice that I have been chosen to suffer to for the glory of God.