They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
For years I have struggled with telling my story to others. This sharing of my life and what has taken place is no longer difficult, but I can clearly remember the years of hesitation, shame, and embarrassment that accompanied the share every time it happened.
Last Wednesday, I met a new friend, Mike. Mike and I both has kids attending youth group on Wednesday and we also both serve during the event in our own specific ways. A mutual friend had suggested we meet each other as they thought our stories were similar. After 10 or 15 minutes of speaking with Mike, it was just as our friend explained, so many similar struggles and wins it seemed surreal.
As I listened to Mike share his story with me, the story turned to his reveal of an incredibly terrifying event that took place. I’m going to allow you to her from Mike on his own instead of sharing the events he shared with me but this REAL TRUTH was clear after listening to him.
As he looked me in the eyes and shared the events that left him questioning God and Christ and everything else in this world, and then went on past that to the JOY of Christ in his life despite the pain that has transpired… it was truly flooring me. I was goose bumped, silent, and humbled by the entire share.
My point? None of it was about him… none of my story is about me…. none of yours is about you….. it’s Christ… it’s His Story. I have shared so many times about the pain and the struggles and the pity me of “it was so hard” things that had taken place in my life and last Wednesday as I heard Mike’s story I saw that my stuff was chump change in comparison to his… For things I carried such weight and importance on for YEARS fell off so quickly at the thought of what COULD HAVE HAPPENED listening to Mike.
As we close we both came to the same reasoning… .none of it mattered any more so long as God gets HIS MESSAGE to others through our mouths. Absolutely NOTHING of the events of our pains and/or struggles/sins has God getting the glory if we don’t see this…
Anything less than the work of the King is just a poor little pity party; young boys throwing sand… Adults spitting toxicity out of their mouths to others….
I am still sorting through all of this with Mike but one thing is clear… there is VERY LITTLE TIME to show GOD OFF to this world. None of us know the day, or hour, or minute that we will take our last breathe but we sure know how to waste them.
There’s no more time for you to think of your story any more… it’s time to let your story be HIS STORY and get on with the mission. Saving lives … the only mission …
Love you brothers…