T.J., my brother in Christ, fellow counselor, and friend, I made an agnostic for you (in honor of your misspoken comment at my last Red Team meeting with you even though we knew you meant ACROSTIC). This is for you as you celebrate your Savior and mine forevermore in the realm of glory in your eternal life with Christ:
T: Thrilled even when others were not, always full of joy
H: Hysterical and hyper, twenty-four, seven
O: Outrageous, self-explanatory
M: MANLY, because you probably wouldn’t like it if I didn’t say this
A: Animated, without fear of anything or anyone
S: Senseless and Shameless. If you know anything about T.J. he did not have one bone of sense in his body, but that’s what made him T.J. J
J: Joyful, always. I never saw him down and defeated
A: Adept, skilled in so many ways some will never know or appreciate
M: Maniac, just straight up crazy
E: Energetic and Extreme, even to the very end. Even in heaven I heard one person say they could see him running and sliding down the streets of gold just because he can.
S: Sold out for Christ, whether spoken or not, always did things for God the best he could.
N: Never quitting, never giving up, always strove hard and pushed himself and others for victory and success
O: Outspoken and honest, that friend who was not afraid to call you out on what you did wrong and ready to say something at the drop of the hat.
T: Truthful…uh who am I kidding; he always was sarcastic and funny. A more fitting word would be trustworthy and showing God’s truth to those he loved.
T: Tough and Thoughtful, always tried to be the big man, but was never self-focused. He always wanted to goof off and be crazy so others would be energized, upbeat, excited, or joyful.
Thank you T.J. for all the lessons you taught us in life, and much more also now in death. We celebrate your life, may we all take your energy and use it for God as you did.