Faith.. God.. Love.. Spirituality..
The deep subjects; the ones that aren’t discussed as often as they should but in my opinion are the most important. It’s funny how when bringing up one of these topics in conversation, people often flinch, or become uncomfortable - but who said they should be overlooked and labeled as easy? I met someone who I had no problem mulling all these things over with.. and he so happens to be a “lil innovator" in his own right .
Not too long ago I came across this incredible dude named Marcus Galang at my local church in Virginia Beach, Virginia - Wave Church. He was so chill and humble when we met but interestingly enough, it felt like we had known each other already.. God has an incredible calling on his life and when he began telling me that he’s walking in his calling to preach the word of God, I was FLOORED! It instantly hit me.. we were meant to cross paths for a reason.
One day at a youth night bible study at church there was a message being preached about how many people in our generation are going through a period of isolation. With more elaboration came more self-identification and awareness for Marcus and myself.. we sat there in awe of this “calling us out” moment.The speaker that night gestured us to pray for one another and in that moment I knew that there was something special about this guy and his willingness to walk in his calling. I wanted to help play a part in that..
Later I talked to him about the possibility of him wanting to take his messages to the next level and allow him to have an online platform so that he can reach more souls - mainly the creatives, working professionals, and socialites that either don’t have time or make time to go to church on Sundays or bible study during the week.
He was hesitant because of a chance at stumbling into self-glorification but he then realized that if he was gonna take the risk of preaching the word of God to a dying world.. a more distracted world.. he was going to have to be brave enough to live what the word says :
Deuteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
And so.. he graciously took some time out to have a little talk about why he’s decided to walk in what he believes God sought him out to do and illuminate the world on why exactly he is extraordinary .
I started by asking, “What prompted you to start preaching the word?”
Marcus: "Well.. when I was 13 years old and before I adopted Christianity on my own, my parents were the ones who first directed my attention to it. But then one day, it became real to me. I met this guy from California that was new to my church and soon became the youth pastor. We became real close and he introduced me to who Jesus really was.
Me: "Wait.. 13 years old was when it really became real to you. For some people it takes a whole lifetime.. what a privilege that was.
Marcus: "Yeah man.. this guy started introducing me to the whole lifestyle of what being a christian is really about and one Tuesday at a bible study, I remember the first thing I said was, ‘When I grow up, I’m gonna be a pastor’.."
Marcus: "It was a defining moment in my life.. just saying that to him made it real and true to me. But, you know, as we grow into our teenage years we become rebellious and start doing our own things. As time went on that dream drifted away and I didn’t acknowledge it anymore.. but then God pulled me back in and got me together and said to me ‘You know you’re not doing the right thing. Come back home!’”
Me: "Whoa, now that had to be an eye opener! How did you respond to that? What did you do after hearing that?"
Marcus: "I really didn’t know what to do.. I had just finished high school and didn’t have any plans afterwards so I made up in my mind that I was gonna just read the word and chase after God.
Me:"That’s amazing. I tell people all the time that it’s cool to chase after your dreams but instead they should chase after God because when you do, you end up running into your dreams in the process. You’ll find that you end up colliding with what you wanted all along.
Marcus: "Man.. I couldn’t agree more! You’re so right."
Me:"I just feel it is such a pivotal point in people’s lives when they realize that the importance of all that we do points right back to Him.
So with most creatives and innovators alike, I find that being young is what inadvertently keeps us from reaching our true potential. Being young and 20, what scares you the most?”
Marcus: "That I’m not as wise as those I look up to. And what really scares me is what I don’t know.. like, being on a platform of standards where being ‘all-knowing’ is a must!"
Me: "You know, that is very true. It’s as though the people that are listening under you are looking to you for seemingly infinite wisdom and understanding of the word when the truth is we’re not always gonna get it right. That’s a lot of pressure especially for such a young age. How do you convince people that despite your age, what you’re doing and saying is God driven?"
Marcus: "Honestly, I am just a regular guy.. that’s really how I feel. But if God’s gonna get something done, He’s gonna get it done regardless. So, what I do is just go up there carrying faith with me and realizing that it’s okay to not know everything. I reach through relationship and understanding in order to reach those people, like being young helps them better relate to what I’m saying and how I preach a message.”
Me: "I’m about to ask you a hard one.. who is God to you?”
Marcus: "This may sound crazy or weird but I speak to God like he’s my best friend. Like when a miracle is performed or when I acknowledge a move of God I just look up and say, ‘Bro, you’re so crazy! You’ve done it again.’ Sometimes I just call him bro because it’s so personal.”
Me: "I love that! Well man, I always end my interviews by asking this question to those of whom I consider my lil innovators -the new age hustlers, if you will..
What makes you extraordinary?”
Marcus: "Crazy thing is dude, I don’t feel the least bit extraordinary. I’m just like everyone else, but I guess that’s what makes me so relatable.. so then because I don’t feel that I am extraordinary, those qualities are what really do make me extraordinary."
Me: "Still so humble.. man, you’re definitely the right one to deliver the word of God. But for a minute, take a look at the word extraordinary. extra + ORDINDARY! People don’t see those two words and realize that you have to be ordinary and relatable to people so that they can see that it’s possible to do amazing things."
Marcus Galang is yet another perfect example of what I like to call a “lil innovator”. He’s one of the few of our generation that isn’t afraid to risk it all for what he truly believes. Marcus has personally inspired me to take Christianity to the next level and seek to have a deeper relationship with Jesus in a way that affects any and everyone I come in contact with..
World. I’d like to present to you, Marcus Galang .