“Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.” - Psalm 66:16 (NIV)
In 2017, some of my closest friends were asked to share their testimonies at the 6 PM service at my church. “Oh no, not me!” I thought to myself.
One day at a church meeting, I sat a few seats away from the young lady who coordinated the testimonies for the service. I tried not to make eye contact with her because I knew what would happen if I did.
Well, that didn’t work.
Literally two minutes after I sat down, she asked me if I ever shared my testimony at the 6 PM before. I hesitantly said no.
“Can you share your testimony this Sunday?” she asked.
This Sunday? 👀
Now, most of my friends who shared their testimonies got at least a few weeks of notice. Asking me four days before service warrants an immediate no, but I told her I would pray about it—you know, the go-to Christianese answer.
Everything inside of me wanted to say no.
My story is boring and not like everyone else’s.
I don’t have a strong testimony.
People will laugh at me.
So many negative thoughts immediately filled my mind, and that’s when I knew I had to share my testimony.
One of my mottos is to do things that make me afraid. So even though I wanted to say no, I knew deep down that I was going to do it.
When Sunday came, I was extremely nervous. But I shared my testimony knowing that whatever was supposed to be said would be said.
After service, people kept coming up to me and thanking me for sharing. They told me how they related to my testimony and how it encouraged them.
I was shocked. I didn’t know that my little story mattered, but it does. And so does yours.
Your story is unique even if you don’t think it is.
Tell someone about how you're stronger and more resilient because of your past. Share how you’ve gone through painful situations, but praise God that you're still alive today. Share how you’ve learned to trust in God daily and how your faith is stronger because of the obstacles you’ve gone through.
Your testimony does not just belong to you. It belongs to all of the people who are inspired to move forward because of it.
“Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.” - Psalm 66:16
Your story matters because you matter. The more vulnerable we become about sharing our past mistakes and experiences, the more people can relate to us.
Your story might be what someone needs to hear to have a breakthrough in his/her life. Don't keep that blessing to yourself.
Share your story with someone because God allowed you to have unique life experiences for a purpose. Your story matters.
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