A little girl was standing in the kitchen as her mother prepared her favorite, Cream of Wheat. It was a cold morning, the little girl proudly wore her footed PJs. however, something was bothering the little red headed child. Her mother bent down to find out what was wrong. The 4 year old said, “I need to have Jesus in My heart.” Her mother was astonished that this child could possibly know enough to make that kind of decision. She sat down and asked her numerous questions to find out how her daughter came to this conclusion. Each answer was one you might hear from someone much older. The little girl prayed with her mother and began her relationship with Jesus at age 4.
Fast Forward, The girl is now 12.
All of the other kids in her Sunday school class are giving testimonies. “My parents divorced, and I came to know Jesus in that difficult time.” “I was a bad kid, suspended, and now I am a Christian, God is awesome!”
Fast Forward, the girl is now 16.
More testimonies in Sunday school and bible study. “I was into drugs, now I’m clean and Jesus is in my heart! Amen!” “I am a teenage mom, I made mistakes, but God didn’t give up on me, I love my baby and God has provided for us.”
And on and on it went. When I heard all of these testimonies, I thought mine was boring. Saved at 4, been a Christian, well Always, BORING… so I would only say it if called upon. I also questioned my Salvation. Was my salvation not complete because I didn’t have this crazy story to go with it?
I often “Rededicated” my life to Christ because of my insecurity with my testimony. Thinking that somehow the story took away from the true meaning of what it means to be a Christian. Unconditional Love and Guidance from the Father, Being a TRUE daughter of the King.
Fast Forward, (I) the girl is now 20.
I got married at 20, and divorced at 21. He left, long story, so I now had a testimony. Wow, I didn’t realize what a girl had to endure to get a “crazy” testimony. It all obviously wasn’t my choice, but there I was, divorced, homeless (moved in with the parents), but I had a great testimony. I could finally grasp the concept that had so long eluded me. Unconditional Love, Always. The betrayal I felt from another human being devastated me, but HIS love was ALWAYS there, His Love was Always with me. I realized it was My story for His Glory, however crazy or boring it seemed to me.
Fast Forward, I’m now 27,
I have been married to my wonderful husband for 2 years (best two years of my life I would venture to say). When our courtship began, God had graciously brought me to a place of accepting love from others again. My Husband told me that he loved me pretty early on, the guy was sure so he just went with it. I, on the other hand, was less than fine with it. I was able to accept the love of another person, but believing it? Nope. Every day after he first told me, he would say, I love you, Always. After months (years) of that being drilled into my head, I finally (almost) got it! Always means Always when God is at the center of it.
I guess the moral of my story…no. The takeaway? No. I guess what I hope you see from my story is that When God says ALWAYS, HE MEANS IT! Anything less than that is a LIE. So, don’t let your “boring” testimony hinder you from sharing it with others. Chances are, someone else feels the same way.
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