Every Testimony is Worth Sharing
My name is Evan Phillipson and I am a junior in the IB Program at Campbell High School. I am a member of the tennis team at my school, and am part of multiple clubs at school as well, including Beta Club, Model United Nations, and Chick Fil A Leadership Academy. For my whole life I’ve pretty much grown up very close to God. In other words, I went to a Christian elementary and middle school, my home is very God-centric, and I also regularly attend church. I came to know Jesus Christ as my savior at a young age, and consider myself to be strongly rooted in my faith ever since.
Over the last year or so, one major thing in my spiritual life has been my story, or testimony. Growing up, I had always believed that a testimony was that entertaining story, like something that would come out of a modern day bible, with miracles, or some other feat that seems to be impossible. My story, however did NOT fit into this criteria at all. Last year I would considered my testimony “vanilla”, or bland and boring, so I did not see the point in sharing it with other people because I believed it would not bring anything to the table.
After discussions with my Youth Pastor, along with prayer and self reflection, I discovered the deeper meaning of testimonies and what they truly share and offer to others, no matter how entertaining or unique or interesting it might be. I learned that if I think that I shouldn’t share my testimony because of how “vanilla” it is, that is selfish. Every time someone comes to know Jesus Christ as their savior and lord every soul, angel, and God rejoice, because that is one more person entering the kingdom of God.
Now whenever someone asks me to share my testimony, it’s not necessarily whether the testimony is short, long, boring interesting, but the fact that I have a testimony, and that I have a story of victory that I can share, because I know that ever since I accepted Jesus into my heart, heaven rejoices, and no story or tale is greater than your ultimate story of victory.
That is why I leave you with this: I challenge everyone to share THEIR testimony to everybody, because it is not whether or not their story is unique or interesting, but it is because they have a testimony, their story of victory in Jesus, and heaven praises God with each new member of heaven. I believe that it is selfish for us to be ashamed of our testimony and not share it because of how appealing it is because our story of victory marks the greatest day of our lives.
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