THIS IS MY story.

Day Nineteen

In the past, I used to think that I didn’t have a testimony.  I was raised in a Christian home, accepted Jesus as my Savior at a relatively young age, and never had to be rescued from drug dealing or death squads. So, I didn’t have a “cool” story like a lot of other people, but I still had a need to do something with my faith.

 

Over the years, many people had invested in my spiritual development, teaching me about life, the Bible, and walking with Jesus.  My parents modeled the Christian walk, pastors from FCC (and pastors from other churches in places where I lived when I was growing up) had taught me doctrine, mentors had given me life advice, and life groups had encouraged me from their different points of view.

 


After a while, I had accumulated a bunch of information, to the point that I could re-tell plenty of Bible stories, or debate miscellaneous points of doctrine. From time to time, I taught various groups and classes within the church.  A few years ago, though, I found myself in-between specific opportunities. For a while, new openings to teach others just never seemed to line up with my availability, skills, or timing. Without some way to share what I was learning, I felt a sort of “holy discontent.”

 


So, if only to relieve the built-up of pressure in my mind—to get these ideas out of my brain—I sought an outlet.  Getting online, I found a site where I could write and post articles (mostly devotional thoughts), and share what I had been taught with others.  So, I started to write.

 


With a little bit of fear, I published the first articles for the rest of the world to see, and wasn’t immediately ganked by haters of religion.  So, I kept writing, posting several articles per week.

 


As I continued, inspiration came from the creation around me, from my own Bible reading, from lessons that I prepared for others, and from sermons that I heard; as well as from my men’s group, and from my experiences. (For those who may be interested, you can find my blog here).

 

I can’t say that I’ve changed the world, and I am not setting any records for Internet traffic, but as visitors from around the world read and comment on these devotions, it is my prayer that these words make a difference for their lives.  Some days, it feels like I may be the only person who benefits from these posts, but perhaps even that is enough. Two years (and more than 300 devotional articles) later, there are still days when God seems to bring words forth from my keyboard. Articles posted weeks in advance sometimes align perfectly with current events when they are published, reaffirming that God’s message is consistent over time, and giving me hope that He is still blessing this work. I must still look out for the next opportunity that He provides, but for now, as long as the words come, I hope that I will listen and capture them in a future post.

2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Originally published January 24, 2019 on firstchristian.com. © 2019 First Christian Church.

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