Back in the 1970's, when I was a teenager, I heard some incredible testimonies about God's deliverance. I heard or read the stories of people who had been former gang members, drug addicts, people who had been persecuted or imprisoned and tortured for the sake of the Gospel. I learned about amazing things God had done; healing, miracles, restoration and so forth.
These are powerful testimonies and I in no way desire to diminish them. We need to hear and rejoice in these things. Truly they are amazing stories!
I remember, however, thinking that I had no story to tell. I'd come to Christ as a young girl. I continued to follow Christ throughout my elementary, junior high and high school years. I never smoke, drank or did drugs. I never got into "trouble" except for the ordinary, every day scrapes that everyone finds themselves in occasionally. I had no "story" to tell... no "testimony".
I voiced this one time to my youth pastor who set me straight. I did have a testimony. Every day that I lived as a follower of Christ was a testimony of God's love, power, mercy and grace. Some of our greatest testimonies are simply given by the way we live each day. The testimonies which are "told" through our actions as opposed to merely our words.
I think sometimes we make it much too complicated. We think we must do something "big" and then fret about it. In reality, all we need to do is offer ourselves up to God and say, "Here am I. You are the Potter and I am the clay. Take me and use me... however you please."
Are we willing to do that?
Good blog. The fact that these dramatic stories were in books, to me means that they were unusual enough to write about. Having no story to tell is probably closer to the norm, and that is a good thing. - bibleguy64
I used to feel this very same way! Thank you for writing this.