Society paints a picture saying that you must dress a certain way, talk a certain way, manipulate women and abuse substances to be cool and fit in. Not only is that lifestyle immoral and deceiving, but it traps you and doesn’t allow you to gain your true identity. One young man that I know who goes against the grain of what the world does is a young man named Terrance.
Terrance is one of a kind; he walks into a room and makes people smile immediately. His appearance is rather unique from what he wears on his feet to the style of his hair. He loves running cross country and watching anime. Terrance has all the reason in the world to look at his past and use that as an excuse to run wild, but despite the abandonment in his youth and the poverty he lives in, he chooses to keep pressing forward, creating, making music and running mile after mile, making the most of his situations even if he has to wear glasses that are attached by safety pins, he will. The main thing that sets him apart is the fact that he chooses to believe in Christ. In a world who loves darkness and wickedness and would rather sacrifice who they are for the acceptance of others, Terrance chooses to be a believer.
This young man has made a major impact in all of our lives and has inspired me in a way that I never thought would happen as a youth leader. From young to old he has given us great memories and laughs that will be cherished for a long time to come.
*Names have been changed