If I’m being COMPLETELY honest, I have kept this post in my drafts box for some time now, along with many others..
Over the past month, throughout midterms, trying to stretch myself in social aspects, family and work, I constantly left posts on the back burner. Usually I like to write down ideas (mostly to keep my sanity in check) when something fresh comes to mind, but lately when the fire starts to light up, one of those four excuses seem to effortlessly blow it out.
AND THAT IS WHY!
I have somehow mustered up the courage to have a monthly (or bi-monthly… who knows) post called #10ReasonsWhy and nipping those WHY answers in the butt with not just some biblical truths, but personal ones as well. I hope you can enjoy it ALMOST as much as candy cane ice-cream.
If you ever grew up babysitting or with younger siblings, you probably heard the question “why?” more than you ever… ever wanted to. The constant curiosity sometimes killed the cat (a.k.a. your patience), yet we still ended up frustratingly responding finally with “I DON’T KNOW OKAY!?”. Sound familiar? If you said no, maybe it was just me. I don’t have younger siblings, but I definitely babysat. Does that make me a spaz? Anyways, if you think about it, sometime’s those kids are just like us, as we like to call ourselves… “mature and knowledgable adults”. That why question seems to just.. follow us around every time we think about the importance of sharing our testimonies. Here are #10ReasonsWhy I believe our testimonies, though challenging to work through, are never ending and easily the greatest story we can write ourselves.
In no order, read away!
1. No matter how many variations we use to try and explain it, we come up with the excuse that our testimony is and always will be too difficult to put into words.
This is usually the number one excuse I tell myself and hear from others. I always believed that my story wasn’t “good” enough because compared to other people’s tragedies, mine weren’t as devastating or life altering enough. It begins with the typical, “I grew up in a loving christian home and my life has been pretty good so far – not trying to toot my own horn or anything…” end of story. We think that because God blessed us with a great family and has kept us safe from some pretty awful things, our story isn’t worth sharing.Which leads to my next point…
2. We haven’t put our full trust in God.
If you are one of these people, let me just tell you this – we as Christians, individually have the greatest personal relationship with God. Who has the right to say or assume, based on this ideal up bringing, that your story is boring? It has been up
to you to, whether you grew up in a Christian home or not, to sustain this relationship and to keep moving forward, trusting that God’s got your back through and through. Can I get an amen?
3. We believe that to non-Christians, we’d be speaking a foreign language, therefore it wouldn’t make sense.
When we speak to anyone, Christian or non-Christian about our faith, it is inevitable that many won’t understand our point of view. Like I said before, our personal relationship with God is our own and our testimonies are in no way a story to tell people specifically the troubles in your life, but rather why you believe in the one true God and the amazing works you’ve seen Him do in your life through those troubles. Whatever language you are using, keep in mind that where there are critiques, there are always those seeking the hope you are sharing within you. So don’t let this stop you.
4. There is never a right or wrong time to share our testimony.
Before I was baptized, I would constantly tell myself that my story doesn’t have enough to it yet- that there wasn’t enough meat. There is no better day then today, tomorrow, the next day and so on. What I mean by a “right and a wrong” time is when we tell ourselves that the fat is too thick to cut through. Sometimes we feel like we need to experience more to really share more and make an impact. We know that trimming the fat gets us to the good part of the meat, so we’re not trying to chew our way through that gross jelly-like substance. Sorry to all the vegetarians/ vegans out there – it’s just such a good analogy I couldn’t help it. Anyways, the title speaks for itself. Listen to God’s voice and what your heart is telling you.
“For there is a time and a way for everything, although man’s trouble lies heavy on him.”
Ecclesiastes 8:6 NIV
5. Sharing our testimony doesn’t mean it has to be in front of a multitude of people.
Whoever, wherever and however you share your testimony is up to you. Half of the time, sharing our testimony doesn’t even start with “I grew up in a Christian home”, but rather simply sharing and honouring the Lord by bearing witness to others about His work in your own life… conversations lead to your story ALL the time without even knowing it and can really encourage those who you’re sharing with to step out in faith in their own lives.
“We urge you, brothers, to admonish those who are idle, cheer up those who are discouraged, and help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.”
1 Thessalonians 5:14 NIV
6. Be consistent in prayer.
I can’t stress this one enough. For a long time I never thought
about praying before stepping into, well, life. Everyday life can come with it’s unexpected hardships, but when you wake up and pray to God for your upcoming and unpredictable day, you know you’re in good hands whatever may come your way. I used to feel silly sitting alone in my car just praying, but now when I do, I come out more confident and covered in the armour of the Lord. If you’re not consistent in prayer, let alone prayer in general – don’t expect an answer! Your testimony is about God’s works in your life, why not ask Him for some guidance?
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Ephesians 6:11-18 NIV
7. Sharing our story is an act of worship.
Growing up, I thought that worship just meant singing and closing my eyes every so often when I could confidently sing the words without looking at the screen. Sharing our testimonies is an act of worship, similar to singing, because it’s truth. When we sing, we feel moved by the words and it helps us, in a way, to make sense of our lives. When we share our testimonies to others, it has the same effect. That’s pretty awesome if you ask me.
8. Remember that our testimonies are shared to explain the process of salvation.
Much like the other points mentioned above, your audience – small or big – are encouraged by this process of salvation and how they too, can get their hands on it. We each have an individual relationship with God, but it’s not about you specifically. It’s because of God that we are redeemed and sharing the process of salvation through your experiences inspires those who are listening.
Salvation Definition: Deliverence from sin and it’s consequences.
9. We need to understand that the Christian walk is not all about rainbows and butterflies.
Maroon 5 sings it so well, “It’s not always rainbows and butterflies. It’s compromise that moves us along, yeah. My heart is full and my door’s always open. You can come anytime you want.” Our hearts need to be full of Christ and understand that His door IS always open. I’m sitting here laughing that I just quoted Maroon 5’s song, but the words are so true. The song is about a guy who has a best friend who is always someone else’s girlfriend. He knows everything about her and she runs to him every time one of her relationships goes bad. He keeps saving her because he secretly loves her. He’ll do anything for her even though she hurts him by leading him on. He’s waiting for her to realize what a mistake she is making with all the other guys.
HEY! DOESN’T THIS SOUND LIKE SOMEONE WE KNOW?
Very obvious hint: His name rhymes with Yeezus.
Sometimes we try and create our own path, neglecting God in the process. In this case, or in this song, we represent the lost girl. God knows everything about us and he (not secretly) loves us. He continues to love us and help us in our journey although we hurt Him with our sin. Regardless, He waits on us and puts us through trials to encourage us to make a change and realize the mistakes we are making.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
James 1:2-4 NIV
10. In all testimonies, there is always one thing that is the same: through Christ, we are cherished and loved by the ultimate King whatever our story.
This point doesn’t even really need an explanation. At this point, if you’re struggling with your testimony, don’t sweat it… you’re living it out everyday and not everything can be covered while sharing your testimony. My only challenge to you today, is to thank God for being your provider. Ask Him to guide you in this next step.
In conclusion, this is by no means a list that covers everything and won’t necessarily help everyone who views this. Simply, I put my words and some biblical truths to text and hoped that someone would see this and be encouraged, even if it’s in the smallest way. There is so much wise counsel out there and if you’re still worried or are still seeking for help, don’t hesitate to reach out to someone you trust and who can direct you to the right place. This segment is just something small (though much to read) to spark a little fire in that wonderful mind of yours – and heart too that will inspire you to share your story.
“Only God can turn mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, a victim into a victory.”
Above all, Jesus should be the hero to your testimony. Go out and do yo thang!