We all know at least one person who had the seemingly perfect childhood and that idealistic life has apparently followed them into adulthood.
- Their parents have been married all their lives.
- Growing up, they went to church every time the doors were opened.
- They did things in the right order-marriage then sex and babies.
- No substantial loss has ever crossed their paths.
Basically, they’re life would be described as smooth sailing.
So how is it, exactly, that someone who has walked through this life to date completely unscathed supposed to be able to effectively minister to someone? Because our testimony should be more about the glory of God and His hand in our lives than it is about the struggles we’ve been through, or lack thereof.
Yes, I came from a “broken” home. Yes, I had a child out of wedlock. Yes, I struggled with an eating disorder. Yes, I lost a baby and it broke my heart. Yes, I was a hot, hot mess and this is only a couple of highlights from a long list of issues.
All of this may be true of the life that I have lived, but when I share with others about my trials, my focus is on God and how He walked me through each and every one and ultimately gave me the victory. Here is my point:
Don’t discredit someone else’s testimony just because their story doesn’t seem as traumatic as yours.
Each and every one of us has a unique story that when told will minister to different people. A lot of people can’t possibly relate to what I’ve overcome because they can draw no parallels to my life. Those people need to hear from you. Even if you feel as if you have nothing to offer because for the most part, your life has been sunshine & roses, maybe that’s exactly what someone needs to hear….that you don’t have to come from brokenness to live a life on fire for God. By sharing our individual stories, together, we can reach the far corners of the world for Jesus.
“Make sure in your hearts that Christ is Lord. Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you about the hope you have. Be ready to give the reason for it. But do it gently and with respect.” (1Peter 3:15)
“My hope is, in you Lord, all the day long. I won’t be shaken by, drought or storm. A peace that passes understanding is my song and I sing, my hope is in you Lord.” -Arron Shust lyrics, My Hope Is In You