Meet Brent Adriano, he is 23 years old from Lakeland, Florida. Here are a few three random facts that Brent shared: “(1) Anytime I drive through a yellow light, I smack the ceiling of my car; (2) I have never broken a single bone in my body; and (3) the band, One Direction, is one of my favorite bands.”
Brent Adriano is a Children’s Ministry Associate here at Church at the Mall. Brent is a very energetic, free-spirited young man who loves to share the Gospel in creative ways and has served as an actor in the WinShape children’s camp. He makes it a priority to encourage others to reach their greatest potential and make people laugh. Brent shared his heart and love for people and how God is moving in his life.
One of the one biggest lessons that God has been showing him is the importance of understanding his identity as a fully devoted follower of Christ. He stressed that we need to accept that we are sinners before a Holy God and it’s important to accept the grace that has been given to us, once we surrender our lives to a loving Father. Also, because God has created us uniquely, we need to celebrate that as a Christ follower. He shared that God has blessed us all in many unique ways with gifts and talents.
Brent shared a very personal story of how as a child he struggled, wondering why he wasn’t like all the other kids. Why wasn’t he into sports? Why was he in choir, and not on the football team? Why was his skin color different? Why was his culture so different? These questions affected his choices and his relationships with people. Growing up with these questions it was easy to think of himself as different because of the way others looked at him. Brent would ask himself, “How could this ever be good for me if I’m so different? How could this ever be good for me in the future?”
It wasn’t until years later that Brent found that God was preparing him to impact a new generation of believers. Brent attended Southeastern University and many of his studies were geared towards being a youth pastor in Practical Theology, but God changed his direction. He later graduated with a Communications degree. With great enthusiasm, Brent expressed how God took all his differences that were so painful through his growing years, and used them for good. God gave him a desire to share the Gospel by using those areas of his life to love people.
Brent shared that the one story or character in the Bible he loved or could relate to was the story of Joseph. “Joseph was rejected and thrown in the bottom of a well, and being in the bottom of a well is hopeless. But then, by the end of the story, God took all that pain of rejection and tragedies and turned it for good. Joseph became a leader, the second in command. Joseph embraced who he was and kept his faith. God created something more beautiful than anything that he could have ever imagined.”
To learn more about Joseph in your Bible read Genesis 37.