We were lucky to catch up with Anthony Gibson recently and have shared our conversation below.
Anthony, thanks for taking the time to share your stories with us today. Can you talk to us about a risk you’ve taken – walk us through the story?
From a professional set income, to a faith based lifestyle
I was a successful educator and coach for seven years In our public school district system. I made $250 a day no matter what, even during the summer and holidays when I did not have to work. Being from the bay area in California, I grew up in the hood and never seen that amount of money as frequent. I loved it, I could spend money whenever I wanted to because I knew what I was making.
After becoming a two time regional championship track coach I spoke with God, asking him, is this it? I was content with my life for the rest of my life, not complaining but genuinely asking. Is this the pinnacle of my life. He did not immediately answer or if he did I did not notice or hear him. Months after my curious question Covid hit the world hard in the middle of my winning track season. The unfortunate Covid pandemic Allowed teachers to be paid remotely at home. Now that I was not devoting all my time at work I had nothing to do. I was used to teaching and coaching every single day of my life, working hard to be the best and impact the world as much as I can.This is when God start answering my question.
To make a long story short, I’m not the type of person to sit around getting paid And not impacting the world. God started to give me desires I thought I would never have or need. The first step was my YouTube channel. Impacting the world on a social media platform with be pivotal. Shortly after my channel I started to act in multiple TV shows and movies. Once again the potential of this platform is much greater than teaching and coaching. One of my favorite scriptural quotes is to go out there and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the father son and the Holy Ghost teaching them to observe all things. It became as clear as day that God wanted me to have a more impactful life teaching and showing people how to live a successful faith based lifestyle.
Stopping the career that fulfilled all of my desires since college seemed to be am impossible task. However, even the desire and fulfillment of teaching was not enough. This was a tough decision because I would no longer have that income I was content with for several years. From making $250 a day to sometimes in a four day span, not making anything. I see now why this is called blind faith. Not knowing how you are going to pay rent, bills, gas, travel expenses and much more. However, God assured that if he can clothe the Lilly of the valley and the birds of the air, what do you think he would do for those that he love.
The decision to break away from my comfort zone was not easy by any stretch of the imagination. But I thank God that I did, because it proves the difficult choices one has to make being a follower of Christ. I am my own boss, self-made, and can work whenever I decide to. I am a single man with no children and no obligations or attachments to be any where I don’t need to be. This is the reason why I think God is using me for this task. Not having those attachments give me the freedom to serve God as much as he wants me to. I work every day all day and I never know what’s next but, I have faith that it will be something that God wants me to do. I will be fulfilling my purpose instead of sitting behind a desk loathing life, asking God, is this it?
Anthony, before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
From a professional set income, to a faith based lifestyle
I was a successful educator and coach for seven years In our public school district system. I made $250 a day no matter what, even during the summer and holidays when I did not have to work. Being from the bay area of California, I grew up in the hood and never seen money like that. I loved it, I could spend money on whatever I want to every day because of what I knew I had come in no matter how hard I work.
After becoming a two time regional championship track coach I ask God, is this it? I was not complaining I genuinely wanted to know if this was the pinnacle of my life. Not expecting to have lived this long due to the upbringing in the hood I lived in. I was simply curious and asked question. He did not immediately answer, or if he did I did not recognize his voice. Months after my curious question, covid hit hard in the middle of a winning track season. Because of Covid I was still being paid my usual salary although I did not have to physically be at work. I had a lot of time on my hand. This is when God start answering my question.
To make a long story short I’m not the type of person to sit around and not do anything, even if I am being paid. God put the desire in my head and start giving me visions to fulfill. I started with my YouTube channel and also started acting in multiple TV shows and movies as well. I was well known as a coach especially with all the winning that was happening but being an actor/YouTuber, I would have an even bigger audience. One of my favorite scriptural quotes is to go ye therefore and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the father son and the Holy Ghost teaching them to observe all things. It was clear as day what God wanted me to have a bigger audience to teach. Uniquely showing people different ways to christ that will attract the non-conventional believer.
The difficulty in my decision is that I had to stop teaching so I can focus more on Acting and YouTubing. This was a tough decision because I would no longer have consistent income I was accustomed to for several years. I went from making $250 a day to barely making my rent. That’s why this is called blind face because I have no idea how I’m going to pay your rent, bills, gas, and much more. However, CAll said if he were close to Lilly of the valley and the birds of the air and what do you think he would do for those that made after his own image.
Deciding to not teach was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make. I thank God for the resolve to endure because it shows the trust I have in God. I am my own boss, self-made, and can do whatever I want if I have the finances to provide. I am a single man with no kids and no obligations or attachments to stay anywhere for too long. This is the reason why I think God is using me for this task. I have no attachments to this world that obligates me to be anywhere unless I make that choice. Even though I choose to work when I want, being an actor is hard. I work every day all day and I never know what next but, I have faith that it will be something positive. fulfilling my purpose instead of just sitting behind a desk loathing life settling for a pay check.
Can you share a story from your journey that illustrates your resilience?
How about pivoting – can you share the story of a time you’ve had to pivot?
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