At church yesterday, one of the points of the message was that everyone has a story of hope. Everyone. Yet, sometimes, we lean our ladders against a bad wall and that hope collapses.
A couple of times the pastor referred to this bad, shaky wall we lean our hope on as the “wall of stupidity”. I laughed out loud when I heard him say that. Not because it was funny but because on several occasions on this blog I’ve referred to the decade I spent running away from Christ as my stupid years. Those years happened to be most of my 20s. It was the decade which ended with me being trapped in the belly of my own stinky whale.
Okay, God. I’m ready to try it Your way!
When you’ve spent time in the belly of a big whale and then discover that it could have been prevented OR there’s a way out…then you want to share that message with others! You want to tell as many people as you can that there is a firm and secure hope that won’t lead you astray. There is a hope that doesn’t leave you swallowed up in a sea of despair.
In yesterday’s message we were reminded that reached people desire to reach other people with their story. We studied the account in Acts 26 when the Apostle Paul shared his testimony in front of King Agrippa.
Reaching others, as the pastor pointed out, is about sharing who you were before you encountered Jesus and who you are after.
It reminded me of a post I wrote over a year ago about the simplicity of sharing our testimony. You can read it here if you want. But here is an excerpt:
Today, I was reminded that we often make sharing our faith harder than it needs to be. But really, it should be simple.
1.Jesus touched my life.
2. I am forever changed.
Who needs to hear your before and after story today?