One of my favorite times with the children is when we talk about how their day is going or how their weekend was. Sometimes I get the common, simple answers…”I’m okay.” or “It was okay.” And other times I hear stories of events in their lives that excite them. It is these moments when I feel like I am a part of their lives and I too get excited with them. Their faces light up, and the way they talk is so encouraging that even the other children begin to interact, asking questions or laughing together. Something happens to us all as we listen and share in the events of our lives.
Before I went to sleep tonight I was reading Joshua. And something hit me in Joshua 2: 10-11, that I’m still thinking about and feel I must share (even though it is 5.30 in the morning).
“We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.” ~ Joshua 2:10-11
They heard; Their hearts melted…and Rehab proclaimed the power of the living God who was with the Israelites as He is with us today.
Now I’m not a preacher by any means. I don’t have the gift of standing in front of a mass of people nor do I have the gift of gathering a large group of people together. But as I sit with my kids and become a part of their lives, as I meet with friends, or develop new friendships, I have the great opportunity to share my life with others, to tell even the simplest of stories of God’s faithfulness, grace, power, and love in my life. In fact, we each have this opportunity.
The truth is, we have more than a testimony that took place years ago. Our lives everyday are a testimony, a story that can be shared with others, that when shared with one another can increase the faith of others, increase our own faith, and can reveal a living God who is active in our lives daily, not just someone to read about in the lives lived years ago.
I’ve got something to say, today. I’ve got a story to share, today…everyday. And so do you.
So as you have coffee with a friend, lunch with your co-workers, or spend time with your family…What story do you have to share?