Doing Something New for God was a Challenge
This week I had the opportunity to share my testimony with a group of teenagers, most of whom didn’t know me well.
I was inspired to use a flip chart, and drew an arrow along the top, split into 6 sections, representing 5 blocks of ten years and four years at the end. I had to get from 0 to 54 in about 10 minutes!
First, I drew a Michelin man with a smile and shared that, at school, I was quite fat and tried to fit in by looking happy and making others happy. I didn’t feel like I fit in anywhere, actually. The next figure was a conventional stick man because I worked hard to lose weight in my last years at school to be ‘almost normal’, but this didn’t make me much happier.
The next milestone was at 20, when I was working and going out with a girl, but felt that I was wasting everyone’s time and that they’d be better off without me. I took a whole bottle of pills, wrote some letters, and didn’t expect to wake up in the morning. But God had a different plan because I woke up about 6am, was violently sick for hours, and survived when I shouldn’t have. I strongly stated to the group that they shouldn’t try this.
At 28, and through a Billy Graham crusade, I became a Christian. This was the culmination of lots of things coming together for me; listening to Thought for Today on radio 2, seeing the African Children’s choir – who were obviously filled with joy despite witnessing horror, I was married to a Christian who didn’t force me to decide but showed me real faith. Jesus became real to me and not just another story.
Has my life been all easy from that time on? No, but through the ups and downs God has been a constant in my life. Through the most challenging times, I cling to Him the most. Looking back, you can see clearly how God has provided. I mentioned a couple of Bible verses that are important to me, “for I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper and not to harm” and “all things work for good for those who love the Lord.” These verses help me when I don’t know what the next step will be, but it’s great to know that He does.
The young folk were great, and they asked good questions afterwards.
Doing something new for God was a challenge but I was blessed in the process. Why not give it a try yourself?
Contributed by Douglas Kennedy, Saturday 31st March