This morning I’m speaking at a local MOPS group. Speaking opportunities have trickled in – a few here, a few there – since publishing my book last October. As I studied Thessalonians this week God reminded me of the responsibility I have. He’s written a story for my family that He intends for me to share through writing and speaking.
Even though the story (and myself) overflow with imperfections.
You became imitators to us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia – your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it. (1 Thessalonians 6-8)
Our testimony is written through the hard parts of life.
The struggle, the suffering, the hurt. It all bares witness to His goodness and faithfulness.
God’s word should be proclaimed through our lives no matter how messy they are.
His truth triumphs tragedy.
His grace covers ingratitude.
His mercy masks the messy mundane.
His peace pours over our imperfections.
Beth Moore writes If we’ll walk in His shadow instead of showing off, we’ll still be a long shot from perfect, but God will get His glory.”
So I write. I speak even when it’s nerve wracking.
I share the story He’s written.
To boldly proclaim the Lord’s message.
To make my faith known to everyone.
To give Him the glory.