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A Story to Tell

By Mary Loudermilk
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 “For we cannot but speak of the things we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).

Everyone has a story to tell, and each story is unique. We all come from different backgrounds and life experiences and have our own testimony of God’s grace in our lives. God often uses our unique experiences to minister to others.

When we read the Gospels, we find stories of ordinary people whose lives intersected with the Creator of the Universe. We relate to them because they were average people just like us. They weren’t perfect. They had struggles. But reading their stories gives us hope. If the Lord could turn their situation around and put them on a new path, He can do the same for us.

The Samaritan Woman’s Story

John 4:4-42 tells the story of Jesus meeting a Samaritan woman at the well by Sychar. It was her testimony of this meeting that brought the others of the city to see Him. “The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men,Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?’ . . . And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, ‘He told me all that I ever did’” (verses 28-29 and 39, New King James Version).

The rewarding thing about sharing our story with others is seeing their own story begin to develop. The people of Samaria said, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world” (verse 42).

Others Want to Hear Our Story

So many people are reluctant to share with others about the Lord. It’s not a lack of concern for those who don’t know Him; it’s a lack of confidence in their ability to explain the Bible. The thing is, all we really need to do is tell them our story. People want to hear what God has done in our life.  Our testimony may be the means of their hearts becoming open to more of God’s Word.

Your testimony is about what you have personally experienced. It’s what you have seen and heard. Ask God to lead you to someone today who needs to hear your story. Only you can tell it.

Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe (Psalm 107:2, New International Version).

Prayer: Lord, You have given me a story—a story of forgiveness and redemption. Help me to share what You have done in my life so that others can have this same salvation experience for themselves, so they will have their own story to tell.

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Mary enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and spending time with old friends. Although directionally challenged, she would rather take the back roads with their discoveries than the boredom of the interstate.

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