Team Member Spotlight: Tyler East

     My name is Tyler East and I am a member of Providence Community Church. I am 22 years old and have lived my whole life in Houston, Texas. I attended Atascocita High School and graduated in 2010. After high school I signed up for classes at The College of Biblical Studies. Little did I know that attending this school would change my entire life. Currently I am serving on the worship team as a sound engineer at Providence. I have been serving Providence through sound since its inception, and have also been involved in the same way at other ministries. I started doing sound for a music venue called Fuel when I was 17 years old and haven’t stopped loving it since. God has really placed some unique gifts and desires in my heart over the last two years as I continue to grow in Him. I would like to share my testimony and let you look into my life and see how God has revealed Himself to me and how He is also using me for His glory and for His Church.

     I have been attending church functions my entire life, but for the longest time was never really intrigued by having a relationship with the Creator of the Universe. I was around God and knew of Him, but it wasn’t until I was 16 when I finally saw how much God loved me and as a response, I decided to give my life to Him. Even though I had given my life to Christ at 16, it took a while for me to start disciplining myself in Him. It took almost two years for me to consistently pursue God and begin living a lifestyle worthy of the calling that He placed on me.

     It took the longest time, with much stress and self-placed anxiety, to realize what God had specifically called me to do. There have been many outlets I could have plugged myself into after high school, but I've always stayed fervent in His calling for me. Right now, I am attending Bible College. I felt God place this desire in my heart my senior year of high school. At that time, I had been attending a different church for four years when one of the elders mentioned this specific school to my best friend and me , and encouraged us to attend. At that time I had no idea how much this school would change my life. My theology and worldview would soon be shifted. As I attended each semester, my professors questioned my theological beliefs, and I didn't know what to think about it. Until then, I always had one view of how God operated in this world, and I soon discovered, through prayer and seeking out the scriptures, that my worldview was skewed and my understanding of God was immature.

     This breath of fresh air, as I would call it, changed my life and my motivation to truly know God. God had placed me here for a reason, and that reason was for me to become knowledgeable in His scripture, so that I may write confidently and truthfully. Because of my sinful nature as a human being, I allowed other desires to fill my thoughts. I wanted to become a writer, not for the glory of God, but for my own glory. I wanted to create articulate stories to showcase my self-diagnosed brilliance. I became so overwhelmingly greedy that I wanted to drop out of school and pursue writing as a career for myself. I looked into university programs and film schools so that I could become one of the next greatest writers. My pride had taken over and pushed aside what God had called me to do. I could never decide what I wanted to do; I would flip flop ideas through my mind. It became so stressful, that I just wanted to quit it all. This was happening because I allowed myself to listen to my flesh and feed its desires instead of following the Lord and His plans for me.

     I would always question why God would place the desire to write in my heart. I always thought writing could glorify self and only that. It was hard for me to embrace the idea of using my words to glorify God and hopefully change someone's life through it. It wasn't until a conference I attended in Austin that God really showed me the potential He gave me and how I can use this gift for His glory. It isn't about the intricate stories or the eloquent writing; it's about the passion and desire to do good that God looks for in the heart of the writer

     The reason there is so much unbelief in this world is because there is a lack of identity. People don't know what to do with their lives or how to impact their community. You cannot find your identity without having Christ in your life, because Christ is your identity. By allowing Christ to be your identity, you will be able to know what your purpose in life is. Of course, this is the case only if you are receptive and allow God to place those desires in your heart. I never truly understood until I willingly allowed God to put His desires in my heart that His desire was to ultimately reveal His Love and Existence through my writing.

     I pray this encourages you to find the purpose God has called you to. If you know your purpose, I hope you find the strength to continue the fight of fulfilling it with all your heart, soul and mind. Don't give up! It can be easy to lose sight and forget why you have been called to do what you do. Stay in your Word and pray that God would continue to give you endurance.