“Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching, and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given to you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
-1 Timothy 4:11-16
Last Wednesday’s guest chapel speaker was Mr. Anthony Samuels. Mr. Samuels is the founder of DRB Facility Services and has been President/CEO since its inception in 1993. The company has grown steadily under his leadership. Today, he oversees a company that employs over 600 team members and is a recognized leader in the business community. Mr. Samuels has a degree in Computer Aided Drafting from RCC, and attended the University of Massachusetts’s Management program and The Tuck Executive Education Program at Dartmouth College. Mr. Samuels is a philanthropist, serves on numerous non-profit boards, and is a mentor to other business owners and youth in several local communities. He is the grandfather of BTA Senior, Taylor Tucker, who also joined him on stage for the message.
Mr. Samuels began his address with a question, “Why do we let fear prevent us from achieving what the Lord has for us?”
He then explained the focal point of his message would be on this topic of fear and the ways it creates a barrier in receiving God’s gracious gifts which He can bestow upon us. He continued, “I think fear affects everyone in different ways. Fear causes us to doubt ourselves. Like for example, when we have an answer to a question in class and fear causes us to doubt ourselves. Instead of answering we stay silent and it turns out we are right. In this situation, fear held us back from giving the right answer. As a grandfather, I’ve seen Taylor deal with some things as well, like where to go to college.”
Taylor Tucker ‘23 then stepped up to the podium. “Yeah, there is no doubt picking a college is tough. Naturally, while attending BTA, it is one of the top things on your mind. You have to think through scholarships, admissions, and meeting expectations. Luckily I have my grandfather to walk me through it. I also had a conversation with Mr. Belk at the Prefects Breakfast that allowed me to strive to be better. I sent my college applications on time and found the will to persevere this year.”
Mr. Samuels then interjected, “One thing I noticed about Taylor as she went through this process was her noting the acceptance rate of these schools, which were usually very low. I encouraged her to believe that she is a part of that 5% or 10% or whatever it is. You need to believe you will be accepted.”
He continued, “Usually doubt comes from worrying about what others think. That is one of my biggest concerns, always doubting myself, what I’ve said and what I could have done better. There’s a lot of freedom in not worrying about what other people think. When you get to the point where you stop worrying about what other people think about you - it is liberating.”
Mr. Samuels expounded upon this central topic of fear and the ways it suppresses us through a personal story, “Fear can make us avoid dealing with necessary situations. Like sending college applications on time. Fear stops us from moving out of our comfort zone. If you aren’t doing anything that causes the devil to get upset, it means you aren’t doing anything. If you aren’t doing anything to lift up God's kingdom, you are just existing. I have an example to share that is very personal to me. Looking back, I almost didn’t do it. I have a niece and nephew that I raised since they were 8 years old. My wife’s sister passed away from cancer and she asked us to raise them. My wife was strong and said yes we are going to do it. At the time, Taylor’s mom just went off to college and her brother had just gotten into Catholic Memorial School. I was pretty comfortable, and then all of a sudden, I have a pair of 8-year-old kids that will come live with us. And, in all honesty, raising those two twins has been the biggest blessing I could have asked for. While I’m sitting here worried about how to afford daycare, the lord has provided every step of the way.”
Mr. Samuels finished his message with this warning to the younger generation, “God gives us everything we need that he has planned for us to do. It’s up to us to take the step and not be fearful when walking through the process. You can do anything you want to do if you are willing to work hard at it. I notice in the younger generation, some co-op students that are around me, want the status and the position but they don’t want to work hard. My warning is don’t get caught up in that. I see a generation that just wants to go from here to there overnight. Don’t be afraid to work hard to get what you want. And finally, don’t allow fear to stop you from reaching your goals and choosing what you wanna do because, in the end, God is with us.”