Confession: I am a student at heart. I devour books of all genres. I research EVERYTHING about life. Thank you Lord for letting me be born in the google era, otherwise I might have had to become a librarian in order to support my addiction and still make a living. Even so, never in my wildest dreams did I think that information was for anyone other than myself.
See, the self-shaming lie going through my head every other hour was: “I’m clearly having to research everything because I’m uneducated. There’s something wrong with me for not knowing what I am looking up already.” Instead of the truth, that I absolutely love learning new things. Its my passion! With those lies going through my head, when my therapist started bringing up the idea of blogging, I laughed really hard. I told her that it felt beyond pretentious to even think that I had anything helpful to say in a blog. I dismissed the idea for a few weeks until the devotional I was reading at the time, “Purpose Driven Life” by Pastor Rick Warren, started speaking straight into this area of my life. I highly recommend this book and will be referencing it often in the blog.
The book is set up to walk you through a chapter per day. For day 37, Pastor Warren breaks down what it truly means to be a witness. As Christians we are called to share our testimony by way of witnessing. Have you ever meditated on this call to action? I’ve heard it said in church, in songs, in books but never really sat down with the idea until recently.
Pastor Warren walks you through the real life definition of being a witness. “In a courtroom, a witness isn’t expected to argue the case, prove the truth, or press for a verdict; that is the job of attorneys. Witnesses simply report what happened to them or what they saw.”
Okay, so to testify as a witness, I don’t have to be an expert (or have gone to seminary), I simply share my testimony?
Jesus said “You shall be my Witnesses” – Acts 1:8
Not, “you will be my theological defense attorney“
God wants you to share your story with others. There is no other story just like yours. You might not be a bible scholar, but as Pastor Rick says: “you are the authority on your life, it’s hard to argue with personal experience.”
How is it so easy to forget this?
God also calls us to share what we have learned with others. How many people shy away from sharing their life story or what they’ve learned because they don’t feel its valuable… I’ll be the first to raise my hand up high!
This chapter, this reminder is what got me to finally allow myself to play with the idea of writing down the lessons I’ve learned and am currently learning. This blog will be me being a witness by sharing parts of my story and lessons learned not just in my faith but in other parts of my life as well.
It has been scary and will continue to be. Being a witness is synonymous with being vulnerable, which is completely terrifying, not easy or comfortable but it’s what we are made and called to do. Vulnerability brings us closer together. Shared experiences is how we bond – it’s in our DNA.
So this is me being brave, trying out witnessing for the first time to someone other than my carefully curated/trusted circle of friends. That makes you my new virtual friend.
Hopefully this blog encourages you in some way.