25 Not-so Random Things About Me

Mar 01, 2009 by Tony Chung in Philosophy

I was tagged on Facebook with this meme by at least three people. Fortunately nobody sent it by email because I totally hate spam. Not one to follow the crowd, I chose to ignore it and just let it die. But then I got the inspired to turn this excessive waste of Internet bandwidth into something constructive and inspiring—something that I hope will start a world-changing revolution.

Here is my list of 25 things that you need to know about me, with thanks to Pastor David Koop, who, over ten years ago, first introduced me to “Who I Am”, scripture-based affirmations of our true identity.

Special Note: The complete list is endless as to be eternal.

Who I am in Christ

Tony Chung worships God in spirit and in truth

Tony Chung worships God in spirit and in truth

  1. I am a child of God
  2. I am led by the Holy Spirit who lives inside me
  3. I live by faith and not by sight
  4. I worship God in spirit and in truth
  5. I know my tongue is to my body like a rudder of a ship, and choose my words carefully to steer my life
  6. I am quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry
  7. I speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves
  8. God gave me a spirit of power, love and self-discipline
  9. I am a love letter from Christ, written with the Spirit of the living God on the tablet of my heart
  10. I bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control
  11. I make the most of every opportunity to know and do the Lord’s will
  12. I wear the full armour of God at all times for protection from evil
  13. I am a man who prays in the spirit on all occasions, unceasingly, without losing hope
  14. The Lord builds my house, on the solid foundation which is His word
  15. I love my wife as Christ loves the church and would give up my life for her
  16. I discipline my sons in love, as even the Lord disciplines me
  17. I know my God has great plans for me and my future
  18. I use money wisely, and give generously and cheerfully, knowing God is faithful to supply all my needs according to His riches in glory
  19. I resolve conflict before going to bed
  20. I know my God is faithful to protect me from temptation, and He is equally faithful to forgive me for my imperfection when I confess my wrongful actions
  21. I fix my thoughts on things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise.
  22. I am prepared to answer, with gentleness and respect, for my hope in Jesus
  23. I resist the devil and he flees from me
  24. I draw near to God, and He draws near to me
  25. By faith I see the Lord seated on the throne, never changing, and returning in glory

Bonus thought: (the free gift)

  1. I have been made righteous by the free gift of God, which is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross

Finally, my brethren

There is a running joke that the apostle Paul often closed with the phrase, “Finally, my brethren,” then carried on for several chapters beyond. Not in the spirit of Paul, I offer only a few closing thoughts.

The Bible predates me, so I can’t claim any any copyright to this list. Feel free to share this list with anyone, print a copy to read daily, or post it on your own blog. Better still, compile your own list of affirmations based on what God shows you about you. In my introduction I said this list is endless—after all, it’s eternal! For example, here’s a version of Who I Am from Joyce Meyers’ website, with links to confessions, prayers, and additional scripture references “for a sound mind”.

I won’t bother to tag anyone with this post. I believe God has already tagged you and is waiting for you to respond.


Credits: The photo in this article was taken in 2004 by my friend Chris Pike, to date the only photographer ever to catch a decent action shot of me leading worship. The song lyrics in the background are from Hillsong’s Shout of the King (Blessed, 2002). My current favourite is God of our Yesterdays, by Matt Redman. I’ve added it to my music player in the sidebar so you can have a listen.

If you like any of the songs in my player, remember to buy the CDs to support the artists.

 

  • Excellent work, Tony.
    I see we both are musicians, too. I’m the music director in my church. We must be twin Tony’s separated at birth.

    Great twenty-five. I’m glad you took the time to write ’em down.

    Tony
    http://www.tonyfunderburk.com

    • @ Tony: I knew when I found your blog that we had lots in common. I look forward to reading more of your helpful hints on targeted writing. Feel free to keep in touch by email about the music stuff. I’m always looking to collaborate online and in person. Cheers!

  • Wow! That’s an awesome thought/description of what we have the privilege of being in Christ. Of course, I don’t think that there are a lot of us who have managed to be ALL 25 things at the same time, but we still strive to.

    Great insight.
    -Caleb

    • @ Caleb: Thanks for taking the time to experience my life. I look forward to your insights as we get your project flying. Love you, bro!

  • I don’t usually reply to posts but I will in this case. I’ve been experiencing this very same problem with a new WordPress installation of mine. I’ve spent weeks calibrating and getting it ready when all of a sudden? I cannot delete any content. It’s a workaround that, although isn’t perfect, does the trick so thanks! I really hope this problem gets solved properly asap.

    [Editor’s note: The author’s URL is on Windows Live Spaces. That’s probably why he has such problems with WordPress. I liked this SPAM so much I kept it.]