18 Oct No Such Thing as a Small Testimony
I was just a regular young adult. I graduated from high school and had a small job as a butcher. I had no real direction in my life, just kind of living day by day. I had a lingering sense of failure and worthlessness. I was going on two years out of high school, barely taking any classes at community college for heating and cooling, and wondering if I had made the necessary choices to have the satisfaction of worth from myself and from my peers. But as life works, I didn’t have the time or the mental capacity to sit and dwell on those thoughts too long due to the never slowing pace of life. Also, during this time I was talking to a girl I knew and she was all I could think about. I didn’t know much about her except that she was a well behaved, straight A student. I went to her church to hear her sing one Sunday even though I hadn’t been to church in years and at the time going to church was the last thing on my mind. So I showed up that Sunday over dressed to a humble church of 100 people with the plans of impressing a girl I liked, with the hopes of her giving me a chance of dating her. That morning she sang exactly how I imagined, absolutely amazing. She came off the stage and sat next to me and things didn’t seem like they could be better. Now, all I had to do was sit through the message and I would be on my way. But something happened, I was soon reminded of a Man I once knew but had forgotten. The name of this Man was Jesus. I was reminded of the love and care He had for us. I was reminded of the pain and suffering He endured for us. I was reminded of the stories of the great things He did in people’s lives and it gave me hope. So the following weeks I kept coming back, not for the girl but to hear about Jesus and what he could do for me. The feelings of failure and worthlessness seemed to subside.
The following weeks really revealed to me how God works in our lives. I was now dating the girl I so desperately wanted to be with, I joined the praise team and picked up my guitar after months of not playing, my overall attitude was positive. Then one day something happened to me at work. I was ringing a customer up for a couple pounds of ground beef. I noticed his shirt had something to do with heating and cooling. So I innocently inquired about it and sure enough it was for heating and cooling. I told the gentleman I had been going to school for it and without hesitation he asked me if I’d be interested in a job. “Of course,” I replied and he wrote his number on a piece of butcher paper and I stuffed it in my apron, forgetting all about it. At the end of the night I threw my dirty apron in the hamper at work losing the number and surely an opportunity to get a job. A few days later I was working and someone alerted me I had a phone call. I picked up the phone like always and gave my best greeting. It turned out to be the gentleman who gave me his number. He said he was concerned he didn’t hear back from me so he was letting me know he had an interview set up for me and they were looking forward to talking to me. Make a long story short, I ended up getting the job with he company thanks to the gentleman. I ended up later figuring out he was also a Christian and he said he felt led to call me back. Another sign how the Lord works in mysterious ways.
Fast forward to now. I’m getting married to the girl I dreamed of being with, I’m now in a Christian band ‘Modern Day Cure’ playing for the Lord, I’ve been with the company for almost 4 years, and I’ve completely dedicated my life to the Lord along with many other blessing to long to list. Luke 21:12, says,’ but you shall be tested, tried and afflicted. But verse 13 says, it shall turn to your testimony. I think it’s important to share every testimony no matter how small you may feel it is. I’ve heard breath-taking testimonies of people on the brink of death brought back by the grace and mercy of God and thought “geez why can’t my testimony be like that!” I quickly realized I wouldn’t want to go through some of the trials people have gone through and secondly, my testimony is unique. And God asks us to share OUR testimony. 2 Timothy 1:8 says, “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God.” Not everyone’s life is spiraling out of control. Sometimes people are just lost and need to find the comfort and acceptance of the Lord. You may not realize it, but it can be your testimony that leads them there. So let your testimony be the lighthouse that guides them to Jesus while amongst the sea of confusion and despair and know that your testimony is great.
Modern Day Cure