Often when we think of our "testimony", we think of one of two things. We either think about the story of when we became a Christian or we think it is some exciting and miraculous event which took place in our lives.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines testimony as:
1: something that someone says especially in a court of law while formally promising to tell the truth
2: proof or evidence that something exists or is true
A friend of mine here at CB once told me that our testimony is being written as we live it. I agree and I think it is critical that we understand that. You see, that rough spot, that trial that you are going through is teaching you a multitude of things. It is teaching you that God's promises are true. It is teaching you endurance. It is teaching you that God is faithful. It is teaching you that God is bigger than anything you might face. It brings to your attention, precious nuggets from God's Word. It causes you to learn to be dependent on God and to understand that His grace is sufficient. It drives you to your knees in prayer and thus causes our relationship with God to deepen. I could go on and on but you get the idea.
However, the story of our life does not just benefit us. It benefits others as well. You see, there will be times when we will encounter people who are struggling, need encouragement and are questioning God. How will we respond to them when we do? Will we give them a nice pat on the head, share a few flowery words and walk away or will we empathize with them, sit down beside them and share our story? Are we willing to share our struggles, our discouragement and our questions. Are we willing to share God's response to those things? Are we willing to share "Our Story" of God's love, mercy, grace faithfulness and deliverance or is "Our Story" a carefully hidden and locked journal which we have stowed away so that we might be viewed as being a "Super Christian"?
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I remember once Sandy Brooks (@poodlelady) telling me that when we share our story we do not know who we may be helping. That our story can be their encouragement.
I too believe that our testimony is being written each and every day. Because I only started to live the day I was reborn, my testimony can start no other way.