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"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." –Philippians 1:21

What leads a man to have that kind of confidence and hope in either life or death? That question haunted me for some time. Here was the apostle Paul; beaten, abused, tortured, stoned, shipwrecked and imprisoned and yet he still spoke with a full confidence in something this world couldn't offer. I pondered if that kind of faith was only reserved for the apostles in the Bible. Could anybody in today's fast-paced, me-first society even comprehend what that meant? Yet, I stand here today, boldly proclaiming that not only do I have faith that such a hope exists in an incredibly dark place but also that I have seen with my own two eyes that very hope put into practice. My younger brother, Christian Andrew Schmidt, died on Nov. 2, 2010, at around 7 a.m. Though he was younger in age, I will always regard him as my elder, for I have learned more from him than anybody else I have encountered upon this journey we call life. I will be eternally grateful to him for teaching me and showing me that a faith does exist that can move mountains, because his did. His entire life was a battle and a struggle against the odds. Yet every time he was presented with a challenge he would not turn his back, but took it on full-steam ahead. He knew that it was not for his glory that he must continue, but for the glory of a Heavenly Father that he loved with all of his heart. The most beautiful part of Christian's life was that for all the difficulties he faced in his own life, he still somehow managed to inspire courage and hope in others. In his 21 years of life he suffered more pain, more heartache and more rejection than I daresay most will see in an entire lifetime. He battled cancer, chemotherapy and radiation side effects, swine flu, pneumonia and a host of doctors and family members who told him to quit fighting because there was no longer a reason to. Christian understood what everybody else couldn't, though. Christian understood that he was not here on his time, and he wasn't here to appease his family or friends. His mission was simple; he lived with every single breath to honor and glorify Christ. So even if he couldn't find the energy to move off of the couch somehow he could always find the strength to stand up for forty-five minutes to preach the gospel. If that meant traveling across the state more than a used car salesman just to present his story and a picture of the gospel, he would, and without a second's hesitation. People will see Christian from a distance and marvel at his strength and his ability to live strong, yet those that know him the best will proclaim that it wasn't Christian who lived strong, but Christ inside of him. Those who know him best will simply say that he lived weak. As I write this, I understand that no matter how eloquently I write these words or how well I paint a picture for you, in no way will I ever be able to do justice or truly honor the life Christian lived. All I can say is that I am humbled by the opportunity to have known him and the opportunity to have called him my brother. He is survived by two very proud parents, who will sing to a glorious Creator that their son who was in pain is now no longer; a brother who will take all that he learned from him to reach as many for His Kingdom as possible; and a sister-in-law who learned to love him as if he were her own brother. To truly honor Christian Andrew Schmidt, there need not be words or flowers or even stories. To truly honor his memory, don't think of him; rather think of a wonderful Father who gave him life and death! Think of a Savior who rescued him from his sin and pain because He loved him. To truly honor my brother, do not any longer waste your life on the things of this world, but set your eyes on the eternal. Set your gaze on Christ, and with every breath you have left in you seek to praise Him.

We would love to take an opportunity to celebrate Christian's life with all of you on Sunday, November 7, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Northport Baptist Church.

We shall sing our praises to an amazing Father who knows our needs in both life and death! In lieu of flowers, all we ask for is your attendance Sunday at 2 p.m. where the gospel will be presented as Christian would have wanted. If you feel the need to give, find a Missions project that seeks to spread the gospel, donate to the Christian Schmidt Scholarship Fund being set up at Northport Baptist Church, or help the wonderful people at the Hospice of West Alabama who helped to make Christian's last few days comfortable and peaceful. If you never met Christian, I challenge you to check out his blog, www.christianschmidt.wordpress.com. You might find that it will inspire you, challenge you or encourage you, but I guarantee that you will see what a life devoted to Christ looks like. We continue to find comfort in the following verses:

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." –2 Corinthians 4:16-18. Amen!

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Published in Tuscaloosa News from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6, 2010.
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July 30, 2011
I miss you Christian, but I know you hear me. You're still here, we just have to listen for you. You touched my life and helped make me who I became. I'll never forget you!
November 9, 2010
It is amazing to see how many people did not know Christian, and yet their lives were changed by him. He did not hide his light under a bushel and it shone brightly across the world. Few people effect that many lives and all for the cause of Christ.

Phillipians is one of my favorite books in the Bible. The verse Christian claimed suits him well. Here is one I give back to him and his family:

Ph 1:2-6 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Thanksgiving and Prayer. I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Debbie Acklin
November 8, 2010
I had the pleasure of getting to know Christian over three years ago at the Capstone Summer Honors Program at UA. While I just spent a month taking classes and getting to know him, I have found him to be one of the most kind-hearted friends I have ever made. His love for Christ truely humbled me. My prayers go out to the Schmidt family. While I can not imagine what you are going through now, I can only hope to imagine the pride you have in him as a son and brother.
John Andrew Young
November 7, 2010
Christian spoke at our church, Ingals Ave.Baptist,Pascagoula,MS. in July, We were blessed by his message, and God put Christian on our hearts to pray nightly for Christan's healing. His ministry live on.
Patsy and Randy Shanks
November 5, 2010
Boots,

I have not seen you in a while and did not know of your son's illness until recently. My deepest condolences on the loss of your precious Christian! I have never seen an obituary like this; it was extraordinary, and after seeing Christian's blog, I can tell he was extraordinary too. As I was reading his posts, I could not believe that he was 21 years old. What wise and mature posts. His blog will continue to reach people for a long time to come. Your family is in my prayers.
Christina Womack
November 5, 2010
Even tho' our hearts sorrow with you we know that Christ is faithful. We are awed by Christian's incredible testimony. His example will influence all our tomorrows as we seek to serve God until we meet again in Heaven.
Judy, Richard, and Brandon
November 5, 2010
The Schmidt Family,
Although I did not know Christian very well, I could tell that he was a very special young man. From what others have told me about him and from reading a note he wrote on 10.26.10, I can see that he has and will continue to touch a number of lives! You are in my thoughts and prayers.
JeVida Yow
November 5, 2010
What an amazing and beautifully written testimony to Christian's life. I had the honor of teaching Christian his freshman year at Mississippi College, but he was truly the one who taught me with his profound thoughts and writings, and just by the way he lived his life.

To the Schmidt Family, I will be praying for you in the days and months that lie ahead. I rejoice in having known this faithful young servant of Christ. This young man's life truly was a reflection of his given name....Christian.
C. Stephen Coleman, Jr
November 5, 2010
I did not personally know Christian Schmidt but I prayed for him and his family. I also sent him a birthday card. My cousin, Leslie Holliday would forward all emails from boots to me and I stood in faith and prayed. I was so blessed just from reading her emails! The outpouring of the love that was shown to them through this hard time amazed me over and over again! God poured out his love on this family day after day through his people! What a testimony. I would give anything to have known Christian personally. What a great testimony of faith he was! I will read his blog and I will get to meet him in heaven. My prayers and thoughts are with ya'll.
Valerie Murray
November 5, 2010
Sing praises to the Lord for He is good. Christian will always be with us, in our hearts. His pain is gone and he is with mom and pop. I am so glad that he is a part of my life and always will be. Boots, Chuck, Caleb......seek ye comfort in the Lord. I love you all.
Mike Belue, Mobile, Al.
November 5, 2010
I did not know this Christian young man, but I am so impressed by him. We are studying Phillipians in my Bible Study and to have this verse as the first line on his obituary is so wonderful. We helped to collect caps for him and hopefully, he was able to get one from every area that he wanted to receive one from. I'm sure he is rejoicing in heaven today and God is happy to have a "new" angel although he was God's angel on earth to complete what God sent him for. May we all follow his example and put God in our lives first. God bless the family and let His love fill their void
Lois Wright
November 5, 2010
you're in my prayers. He made a difference in my life. I was truly blessed to be able to get to know him.
Adam Oswalt
November 5, 2010
To the Schmidt family,

I have known you all for a very long time and have always seen Christ in the way all of you lived. You are a very precious family and are so blessed to call this amazing placement of God your son and brother. My prayers are with you and your family and friends.
Ryn Tomlinson
November 4, 2010
Christian I am so glad I could call you my friend all through my life you touched me in so many ways and I know your story will inspire thousands to come to christ as I did Thank You my friend and brother in Christ... I cant wait to see you again in heavan.
Randy Dollar
November 4, 2010
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
(This applies to Christian also) Lifting your family up in prayer. Sondra Beadore (Tuscaloosa, Al.)
November 4, 2010
What a testimony this young man had. even though we didnot know him made you feel like you did. Our prayers are with your family. May God give you an extra portion of his grace. Cling to the wonderful memories. Fern and Joe Mullenix, Gordo, Al.
November 4, 2010
Christian is a person I wish I had known. His obituary was brought to my attention and it is truly remarkable and I intend to share it with others. His blog is such an inspiration and I plan to read it thoroughly and refer to it as long as it is available.

May God bless the Schmidt family with peace and comfort. It saddens me that it took Christian's departure from this place for him and his testimony to be brought to my attention, but it gives me joy in knowing that one day I will be his sister in Christ . . . in heaven.
Carol
November 4, 2010
Chuck, Boots, Caleb-
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Know that we are praying for you, and that Christ is faithful. You will see him again.
Jay and Cheryl Cofield
November 4, 2010
Dr Schmidt and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Joyce....... Housekeeper @ Alston Hall
November 4, 2010
I have never met Christian but I have heard what a wonderful testimony he has been for our savior. May you find comfort in the knowledge that he is no longer suffering. You will be in our prayers.
Jackie and Neal Tunnell
November 4, 2010
We are all blessed by the life that is now with Christ. One day we will all be together and rejoice.
Pamela Blackwood
November 4, 2010
What a testimony....
Kendra Butner
November 4, 2010
Christian will truly be missed by all who encountered him in his journey of life. We love all of you dearly.

Cheryl, Daryl, Kevin
November 4, 2010
Dear Chuck, Boots, and Caleb,
I am thinking of you and praying for you. I am greatly saddened by your loss. I know Christian touched many, many lives and I am sure heaven's gates have been thrown open wide and the angels are rejoicing in song.
Conniie Evans
connie evans
November 4, 2010
Boots, I did not know Christian, but surely he was a remarkable young man. I know this because his mother is a remarkable woman. I have kept up with him through Greer and Braxie and know he has suffered immensely. My prayers continue with you and your family during this most difficult time. May Chrisian rest in peace and his light continue to burn through the lives he touched while on this earth.
Laura Williams
November 4, 2010
I am so humbled by one so young to have lived more than most will if their years number 100. Though I did not personally know Christian, I am so proud to read of his dedication to His Savior. May God bless each and every member of your family and continue to give you peace and comfort for the hard days. This is the most beautiful obituary I have ever read.
Patty & James Stewart
November 4, 2010
Chuck, Boots and Caleb,
There are more than 6,000 words in the English language yet I cannot find the most appropriate ones to express the
meaningfulness and love of Caleb's eulogy nor the sorrow I have for your earthly loss. Billy Graham has said that when he see's Jesus he just wants to hear Him say, "Well done my good and faithful servant". I'm convinced that Christian has heard it first. Although you will miss him in a way that I cannot comprehend, take joy in knowing that the three of you have also been faithful in rearing and ministering to a wonderful "man of God". May the peace that is only available from Christ rest with your spirit.
Eric Reed
November 4, 2010
Although I am a stranger to you....Christians testimony has touched me. To God be the glory! Amen
T Bradford
November 4, 2010
I am Robin Criswell's grandmother. She loved Christian and his story is amazing. I have learned to love him too.
Bobbye Winston
November 4, 2010
I am Robin Criswell's grandmother. She loved Christian and his story is amazing. I have learned to love him too.
November 4, 2010
I never had an opportunity to meet christian but this obit has really touched my life. It has made me step step back & view my own life. I wish I could have met him. He sounds like an amazing man of God. I know heaven is rejoicing because another flower has been gathered for the masters bouquet.
John & JoAnn Parker
November 4, 2010
Boots and Family:
My deepest sympathy in your time of grief. I know Christian will be missed by many and always loved by all. He truly gave me the courage to believe and trust in our Lord. He has opened my heart and mind to look at things in a different perspective. I have spent the whole day reading his blogs with my sister Christy. You are very blessed to have had the chance to be a part of his life. I only pray that more young adults have the chance to experience life in Christians point of view. You raised an amazing Saint. May our sweet Lord and Savior carry you over this mountain. I will never forget the words of wisdom your son has given me. Thank you Lord for Christian, Amen.
Tina Bus 95 (Holt)
November 4, 2010
May the peace of God flood your soul at this time of bereavement. Christian's life (and his name) is a true testament of the way all Christians should live. We thank God for sharing this angel with us. Now, he is at rest with our Lord. Praying for you all.
Tiffany Spencer
November 4, 2010
Coach Boots and Family. I am saddened to hear about your loss. I never got to meet Christian, but after reading his obituary and going to his blog I know he was an amazing young man. He has inspired me. May you take comfort in knowing you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. You have been so blessed having him in you life. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
mrs christy
November 4, 2010
Christian was a sweet and humble guy who touched the lives of many people. We will all miss him but the memory and his touching words will forever live. God has rejoice and is Glad his faithful servant has completed his mission and made it home. We must remember we are here to do the Will of God and stay focus on getting those who are not saved...save. Christian did just what God sent him out to do til God called him home. May God comfort the Schmidt family during the celebration of their son going home to be with our Lord.
Tasha White @ Acton Rd
November 4, 2010
After reading the obituary this morning, I too, went to his blog. Christian joined our 21 year old son, Randy, in heaven, who left us 4 years ago due to cancer. For him to die was gain . .. Randy also said he would be disappointed to live after being so close to Heaven's gates. Would love to meet you. Ed and Yvette(Schmidt) Warkentin
Yvette Warkentin
November 4, 2010
I too have never met this young man but I am blessed by reading some of his story. We do have apostle's and miracles that exist all around us. In these bad times we all are living in, this story is a lift for my spirits! Welcome home Christian! God has sent this story my way today for a purpose. Thank you!
Joel
November 4, 2010
Rest in peace Christian. You will be dearly missed. Your story is one that i will never forget. Praise be to God that you are finally home and no longer suffering.
Kimberly
November 4, 2010
Christian was one of the most amazing people I have ever met and in inspired me continuously. We pray for Christian's family and friends.
Beccy
November 4, 2010
Boots and Chuck, We love you and will continue to pray for you in the days ahead. Thank you for bringing into the world two remarkable sons--We will miss Christian, but his legacy will live on earth and eternity. We renew ourselves to the Lord because of his words and his life and strive to be better Christians because of your Christian. Margaret and Billy White.
November 4, 2010
Boots and Chuck, you have raised two magnificent, godly sons! Though Christian's going Home has left this world a dimmer place, praise Jesus for his eternal joy and peace! We love you all and grieve with you.
Alan and Karen Davis
November 4, 2010
I did not know your son, but I have grown to love and cherish him over the past week by reading his blogs. The statement "a man of God" is often used when one finds a person who lives his faith, your son was such a man. He wanted the world to know his Savior and know the peace that passes all understanding. How blessed you are that God would choose you to raise such a wonderful son. He truly was a gift from God and the words of the song "thank you for giving to the Lord, I am a life that was changed" is true for everyone who has been blessed by this young man. After reading his blogs, I too am a life that was changed by your son. God bless you.
Sandra Day
November 4, 2010
Praise be to God for Christian who touched the lives of so many. Rest in peace. Praying hard for the Schmidt family.
wanda henry
November 4, 2010
I knew Christian through my daughter, they were in high school, and chamber choir, choir school together. He was always a gentleman and kind to her.
Praise the Lord for Christian being home.
Jan
November 4, 2010
Mr.& Mrs. Schmidt, Caleb and Family:

You don't know me but I know you because my child attended Summer Camp at Chapel Hill Baptist Church. I have read the blogs and kept up with Christian's condition through Rob Livingston. My heart aches for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dana Rester
November 4, 2010
Sam & Resa Calloway
November 4, 2010
I was proud to know Christian this side of our eternal home, and look forward to meeting him again soon. I thank God for the precious family he left behind to continue in the work. May God grant you peace and comfort in this time of the loss of your baby boy. Even knowing that He is with God doesn't take away the hurt of him not being here.
Never in my 44 years of being a christian has someone moved me so much. I agree with Caleb. Christian may have been a mere 21 years old, but he was an old saint and taught me so much.
Much love, from your friend in Christ, Nancy Hale
Nancy Hale
November 4, 2010
I was saddened to hear about the passing of Christian Schmidt but I rejoice in the fact that he is now in Heaven with God Almighty. I knew Christian as a child and remember that he was always full of energy. I am honored to have known him and I know that his legacy will live on forever. What a great example of a life committed to Christ!
Neil Cox
November 4, 2010
Chuck, Boots, and Caleb,

What a testimony! Please know that you are close in my thoughts and prayers!
Lisa Cobb
November 4, 2010
Let me say, i apologize for the intrusion. I did not know Christian and i do not know his family, but upon reading his obituary i became intrigued and wanted to know more, so i took his sister advice and went to his blog. I was soooo moved i began to cry! Never have i had that affect on me before, just from someone's words. And although i did not know him, i join with his family and friends in sharing the loss. I would like to express my most deepest and heartfelt condolences to each and every one of them...and thank you for providing a small glimpse into his life. I was and forever will be touched.
D. LEWIS
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