Tuesday, January 22, 2013

cool story, bro

In the last couple of weeks I have listened to some guys talk about their adventure of driving in snow or living where there is a lot of snow.  These stories are eye opening, comical and a reminder to be careful and don’t wish for too much snow.

One young man I met in a story at the beach talked about driving home to Pennsylvania and having lots of difficultly.  Another older man who lives in rural Virginia shared about being very careful because you can still get in trouble driving when ice is on the roads.  A friend who used to live in Canada told me about having to shovel the snow off the roof of his house several times each winter.  I even heard a good friend talk about climbing out his 2nd story bedroom window onto a snow bank to sneak out of the house.  I love stories.

What I really love about stories is when people begin to talk about what God is doing in a person’s life, when He is changing them.  It is awesome, amazing and big time encouraging to listen to people share about God. 

1 Peter 3:15  NASB
but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

One evening last week I had a great conversation with one of the ladies in our church who had been changed big time by God.  Sunday morning she shared with the church how God is changing her, and she talked about her deep desire to share God’s love and her story with others.  Her name is Vanessa.  Pray for her as she shares her story.

That is an easy place to start.  You might find it tough, but all of us have conversations with people.  Sharing our story of what God has done in our lives gives God an opportunity to work in the lives of the people we share with.  Start simple.  It might be in a conversation with a friend who you know has a need or needs encouragement.  Just talk about what you are going through and how God is working.  You will find that God uses what you share and gives you courage to share more.

Philemon 1:7  NASB
For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.

Philemon ran away from the place he lived and did some bad things.  He ended up in jail with the Apostle Paul.  Those were the kind of places where Paul told his story and many people accepted Jesus.  He didn’t need a class in sharing about God.  He just talked about what God had done.

Share you story.  God will use you.  Some people will tell you “cool story, bro”, and it might be that you see God begin a brand new work in you and in the people you talk to.  I can’t wait to hear how God does this in many lives.  Share your story!

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