Yesterday, I had the opportunity to hear how the Holy Spirit is working in the lives of those around me. It was awesome! During our Monday bible study instead of breaking into our small groups and chatting with the people of our table, those who choose to came forward to give all or part of their testimony. It was fabulous. Some people shared a current issue that god is helping them through, others remembered distant events that truly showed the handiwork of God in hindsight. All were fascinating. Once the group got going, it was hard to shut it down.
I guess what struck me the most was that no matter how different the story or the background of the teller, the end result was the same: God works every day AND extraordinary miracles in the lives of believers. No two people experience the exact same in things in their lives and that is okay. We don’t have to look or think alike to experience the wonder of God in our friend’s lives. The willingness to share the impact of Christ’s love in our lives strengthens our own walk and the walks of those who believe.
I will admit that time ran out before I could get up and share my thoughts that day, and I was somewhat disappointed. I never really like to talk about the crap that almost killed me, but I did feel a pulling that maybe someone in the room did need to hear the story of hope from hopelessness. That is something new for me. I think that we all have something to contribute to the lives of others and sharing our stories is a large part of that.
I don’t want to hear the stories to know juicy tidbits of gossip that I can discuss later, I want to know because the God of all compassion has called me into fellowship with fellow believers. Fellowship begins with friendship, friendship starts with honesty, and honesty starts with trust. How wonderful that we can come together with trust and honesty and build each other up while we tear down the walls of sham that we hide ourselves behind.
God is real, our relationships should be too.
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