O Lord, you alone are my hope. I've trusted you, O Lord, from childhood. Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother's womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you! My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection. Psalm 71:5-7
Problem is, around the time I hit my early twenties I fell into a trap. I was through college and married, even felt the first stirrings of a call into ministry...but I didn't feel worthy. Why? Because I was a Christian with no story.
Sure. I'd had my struggles. But I'd never been addicted to drugs, led a party-life, or slept around. I hadn't come from an abusive home or suffered any enormous losses in my life.
Yes. God had shaped me. Yes, I had major hurts and hang-ups. But nothing that came with large neon lights. They all seemed like normal, growing up struggles. Even my darkest pits felt like shallow dips compared to others. Who was I to talk to anyone about Christ?
I actually lived that way for years. And I have a sneaking suspicion I'm not the only one. Downplaying what God had done in our lives because our trials don't seem large enough effectively shuts us up.
To that I say...stop it!
And for many of us, it's not that life hasn't happened around us, it's that God's strength has been demonstrated in how we handle what happens in life. We are not consumed by this world because we are held by the One who created it.
So, beloved, if you've not been consumed...if you're not living in the chains that ensnared those before you...if you're not the same today as you were yesterday... then you've got a testimony to tell. Don't let the devil tell you your story isn't important, because it is.
Who will you share it with today?