A couple of weeks ago, my church’s youth group had our annual DNOW weekend. The theme this year was “My Story” and all of the sermons pertained to different stories and testimonies of people in the Bible. We have also been talking about the importance of sharing “our stories” in our book study with the youth band. I don’t think anything is coincidence and it’s pretty cool to me how the Lord has brought this subject up so much in my life recently. So I decided this week on the blog I would share my own story.
Growing up, I was always in church. Not only do both of my parents love the Lord, but my whole family has been a legacy of faith in the Lord. This is something I do not ever want to take for granted because I know that I am so blessed to be surrounded by people who love Jesus. On Easter Sunday, when I was five years old, I prayed to receive Christ at home in my bedroom. This had been something I had been asking questions about for months and I still remember how it felt when the Lord spoke to my heart that night. I may have been young, and I definitely was not a biblical scholar by any stretch of the imagination, but I understood my need for Jesus. That moment, so early on in my life, is the most important memory that I have and has shaped every other aspect of my life.
I used to worry that I didn’t have a testimony. My life prior to receiving Christ was nothing too exciting. Of course I was sinful and disobedient (just ask my parents), but I didn’t have the big tear jerking story that you sometimes hear. What I didn’t understand was that the Lord writes all of our stories differently. Just because I was saved early on in my life does not mean I was suddenly exempt from struggles, it just means that my story is individual to me. It took me a long time to realize that my story is important and that God wants to use it for his glory. You see, my salvation experience is just part of the story. As many of you know, I have been singing my entire life. Music has always been a huge part of my life and I always knew I wanted to sing. When I was in 8th grade, I began to feel the Lord call me into the ministry. I had absolutely no idea what this meant (and still don’t in a lot of ways, to be completely honest), but I was willing to follow wherever the Lord led me. After I made the decision to commit my life to the ministry, I began to experience a kind of spiritual battle I had never experienced before. Early on, there were some issues to deal with, mainly pride, doubt, and fear/anxiety. And waiting, lots and lots of waiting. One thing is for sure, if you ask the Lord to make you humble, he is faithful to do it. Humility can be painful and learning patience can be trying, but the Lord is doing exactly what I used to worry about: building my testimony. I have failed so many times and have been tried and tested, but the Lord has always been so faithful and constant to me. I know I am not worthy of anything the Lord has done for me, but I am so thankful that Jesus isn’t looking for perfect people, just people willing to surrender to a perfect Savior.
I am sure that someone needs to hear this truth today: Jesus wants you just the way you are. All of your hiccups and hangups. All of the things that you think make you unable to be loved. He wants it all. Those are the things that make your story uniquely yours, and those are the things that the Lord wants to use for his purpose and glory. And if you have already given your life to Jesus but are afraid that your story is not “good enough”….Share it! If you think that your past is to bad…Tell your redemption story! Jesus wants to use you…get out of your own way!
This week when I was deciding what video to make, I chose to make a cover of the song “How Can it Be” by Lauren Daigle. The words to this song are so relevant, because they speak the power of the gospel: “you plead my cause! You right my wrongs! You break my chains! You overcome! You gave your life to give me mine! You say that I AM FREE!” I hope you enjoyed today’s post and are challenged to share your own, unique story of what the Lord has done for you. The World needs to hear it!