Live Second – Your Great Story

January 15, 2013 under Unlikely Christian
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So, a couple months back, I AM SECOND asked me to guest blog in their “60-Days-of-Second” campaign to promote their new book, “Live Second: 365 Ways to Make Jesus First.”  I was assigned ‘Week 10’ from the book and asked to write 4 posts which would be featured in December.  

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Well…..not sure what happened as far as the guest blogging goes, but I’m ready to share so…..  

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Here’s the first one.

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Live Second – “Your Great Story”

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“Not many of us can say God saved us from wandering naked in the hillsides, but we still have a great story to tell.”Live Second – Week 10, Day 3

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Well…..Not many of us can say that, but I……yeah, I can’t say that either, but God did cure me from a debilitating disease…..wait, no, I can’t say that either.  I had a crippling dark addiction that had my marriage on the ropes, until God swooped in and…..nope.  My bungee cord snapped and God…..The stray bullet missed my head by a fraction of…..I had the note all written out…..Nope, nope and nope. 

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“…..but we still have a great story to tell.” 

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Me?

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A great story?

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GREAT?!?

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Shortly after I became an Unlikely Christian, I noticed the word “Testimony” seemed to be a big player in the church.

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“Wow, great testimony!”

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“Have you heard her amazing testimony?”

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“His testimony brought me to tears.”

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That’s how I was used to hearing it.  It was always somebody else’s testimony, but then one day I heard somebody say, “You need to be ready to share your testimony at anytime.”

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“Oh okay…..Wait, what?!?!  My testimony?!?!  I need to be ready to share MY ‘God Story’ at any moment, like there’s going to be some Christian pop quiz or something?  Wait, is there going to be a quiz?”

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Needless to say, that really got me thinking about my testimony, and my conclusion – “I hope this pop quiz is graded on a curve because mine is severely lacking.”

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I used to think I didn’t have a good “God story.”  Certainly nothing worthy of making people say, “Wow! I soooo need to have God in MY life now!  Thanks Bill!”

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I mean, after all, I was just a regular guy who didn’t like church and didn’t really see a need for God in my life, and then, I found myself on the other side of that.  Hashtags:  #Boring  #Yawn  #Zzzzzz….. 

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Okay, I’m selling that a little short.  In a nutshell, I considered God, Church and all things religion, to be nothing more than nonsense for the weak-minded, aka Christians.  So actually, me being where I am today, is a truly miraculous story to me and to those that knew the me B.C. (Before Christ), but what about to somebody who didn’t know me before?  Would my story be even remotely compelling to them?  When I visualized sharing my story, I pictured glazed over eyes and stolen glances at watches.  So I tended not to share my story very often, and by not very often, I mean never.  

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But then, I carpooled to a men’s retreat with a couple of guys.  After the surface conversation died down, this guy I’d never met before, shared his AMAZING testimony with us.  Hashtags:  #Wow  #Inspiring  #Incredible

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I knew what was coming next…..a pop quiz.  “So how about you Bill?  What’s your story?”

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So I told him.

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He was speechless.  Obviously he’d fallen asleep in the backseat.

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But then I got an unexpected grade.  He thought my testimony was great!  And it wasn’t one of those fake compliments, like when your grandma says she likes the shading on your new face tattoo, it was completely genuine.

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The more I thought about it, the more I realized that my testimony was a great testimony.  And on top of that, it’s a testimony that a lot of people can relate to.  I didn’t fully realize that until I started sharing though.

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Hmm…..imagine that.

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Guess what?  Your testimony is great too!  True, it may not be the stuff Hollywood screenplays are written about, but the story of a transformed life, your transformed life, is so much more powerful than you can imagine, but only if you share it.

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And here’s the way God works, you start sharing it, He’ll bring the people into your life that need to hear it.  My guess, there’s a good chance He already has.

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So……what’s your great story?  Hashtags:  #SharingIsCaring  #WhatRUWaiting4?  #LiveSecond

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2 Responses to "Live Second – Your Great Story"

  • Terri says:

    Since you asked the question…I watched my Christian father in-law die and I saw him go from pain to a look of peace and I know I saw him as he was meeting Jesus. That was the moment I wanted to find out what all this Jesus stuff was about and I am so very glad I did. If you ever really want to read the full version it is on my blog linked to my about me page. Your testimony is a great one and thanks for sharing it I can relate to it well.