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Who am I?
This is Pat Schmitz writing. My primary identity, my hope for life and eternity, is in my Lord Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who deserves hell, but who has been saved by grace through the blood of Christ.
I grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, as the sixth of eight children. I’m very thankful for my wonderful parents, siblings, and other family and friends.
Shout out to all my friends from school. Hope this blog finds you well.
Pre-K thru 5th grade: Little Flower
6th thru 8th grade: Mater Dei
High School: Georgetown Prep
College: Georgetown University. In 2012 I graduated from Georgetown where I got a degree in business and played lacrosse.
Coming to faith
I came to faith in Christ while at Georgetown. I think the Spirit of God especially overwhelmed me on October 14th, 2010, when a friend, Elliott Daniels, explained the gospel to me (assist credit goes to Dan Hostetler and FCA at Georgetown). I was convinced by God’s Word and by the reality of Christ, that Jesus is who He said He is, and so I repented of my sins and trusted in Christ. Because God’s Word had such an amazing impact on me – setting me free from my sin and from everlasting conscious torment, and giving me faith to see the glory of the grace of Christ – now I live to share this hope for the eternal good of everyone else.
Life after college / What am I doing now?
After graduating from Georgetown in 2012, I moved to Dallas, Texas. There I became a member at the Village Church Dallas and worked for a technology company. After about 16 months in the Big D, I moved back to the Washington, DC area. Now I live on Capitol Hill and am a member at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. I work for a technology company in McLean, Virginia, helping non-profits and businesses with their software. I also have the privilege of working for my older brother Phil, and I’m glad for the opportunity to see family and friends in the DC area more often.
Interests / Other
I enjoy reading, playing sports, coaching lacrosse, being outside, meaningful conversations, writing poetry, reading history, listening to music, learning guitar, and most of all, getting to know Jesus every moment as the day approaches when I will see Him as He is in glory.
Why does this blog exist?
I would like to share my life with you. I hope this encourages you and ultimately helps you to love God and be loved by Him, for our everlasting joy.
When I became a Christian in college, some friends called me “Passion”. I made it my Twitter and Instagram name, and it kinda stuck, at least with some college friends. I think it’s a good reminder of both the suffering that Christ endured for my sins, and of my primary desire and passion in life, which is to know God and make Him known. To be clear, Christ not only endured the physical torment on the cross, but he also bore the righteous anger of God against all the evil that would be committed by everyone who would repent and believe in Him. What a gracious God we have!
Taking Jesus at His Word, the Most High King of kings,
Writing now of this Reward, the Hope why this wretch sings.