Tell Your Story

If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story. ~Orson Welles

Share your testimony.

You know you’re supposed to. You really want to. You marvel at those who do.

But you just can’t.

You aren’t an imprisoned serial killer turned Christian. You haven’t given up a lucrative job to work for a non-profit. You haven’t had cancer or lost a loved one.

What do you have to share?

Paul is a great person to imitate. Don’t worry; you don’t have to be flogged, imprisoned, shipwrecked, or martyred.

Paul defended himself before the king, and he started right where all of us start- birth. He was born into a believing household. He studied God and his word.

He made mistakes, found a better way, and kept on trying.

You’ve done that, right?

Still making mistakes? Still trying?

All the better. It makes you believable, lovable, encouraging.

I’ll start.

I was born in a loving family that knew Jesus and his Father. I went to church three times a week, learned scripture, committed to Christ.

I tried really hard to do what was right, but until I focused on reading the Word I didn’t get very far. Doing what is right is easier to justify if it’s my right.

Life as a Christian hasn’t been easy. There have been heart aches, job losses, betrayals, anger, bitterness. The pretty family with the white picket fence is an illusion.

But there has been peace.

It’s a peace I can’t explain. I still wonder and occasionally worry, but I know- deep in my soul -that it’s all going to work out. I keep on trying even after failure, because I hear God whisper he isn’t through with me or “this” yet.

I look at the times when it looked hopeless, and I was helpless to do anything on my own, and miracle of miracles it all worked out. Never the way I anticipated or perhaps even hoped, but it was good and I had peace.

This is what Jesus has done for me, the difference he has made in my life.

If we were face-to-face I would give you more details. I don’t globally share situations that involve others without their permission. So for this format, that is my story.

Tell someone your story today. Feel free to practice here. I love a good story.

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 1 Peter 3:13-16 NIV

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