But sometimes, on some days, I have to preach. And today is one of those days.
My pastor said something on Sunday and a friend said something on yesterday that got me to thinking. And as I find myself thinking about it and writing about it, I sound as if I’m preaching. I’m sorry, but here it goes…
The best weapon we have against the bad, evil, and unpleasant things in our lives is our story. Let me explain what I mean…
This friend I just mentioned has a wonderful, life-changing event taking place. She’s selling her home and moving out of state. She recently had a bit of a setback that could have been discouraging and, for some, downright devastating. Now, she’s human, so she did get a little down, a tad bit worried, and I’m sure that she questioned her decision. But then she thought about her story.
She thought about other predicaments she’s found herself in over the years and how God did what He does and saw her through. And because of the story she has of how He blessed her before, she could look this challenge square in the face and in the words of Tri Tribbett’s song, truly believe without a shadow of a doubt that “if He did it before, He can do it again!” She’s doing what she needs to fight back and she’s using her story as her weapon!
Now I’m going to get personal. Some of you know, my divorce was a living hell. Lies and deception all over the place, broken promises, severed relationships, court dates, money and time wasted, it was horrible. But now I can see that it was just timber for my testimony! And it has given me a story that I can use to fight any future challenge.
In other words, I can look a problem in the face and hold my story up as a shield. I can tell it to “look carefully at what I’ve ALREADY been through, check out how I survived, admire how I made it, and then back up off of me! You cannot beat me because I will fight you with my story and I will prove to you that NO WEAPON formed against me shall prosper!”
If you want to get Biblical (I told you I was preaching today, sorry) you know that the New Testament is full of stories of people who sought Jesus’ help because they saw what He did for someone else. So even if you personally haven’t had something difficult happen that provided you with a story of your own, your story can be what you witnessed someone else go through.
But, at this stage of life, who doesn’t have a story? Who hasn’t been through something and come out on the other side stronger and wiser?
I’m just writing to encourage you to use that story as your weapon. And, if you’d like, share a little of your story here. It might be just what someone else needs to hear today.
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