Friday, June 15, 2012
What makes family so special? Yeah, I know not all of us think they really are so special, but work with me here. What makes us who we are? It is the stories of the lives that have come before us, our heritage. You don't have to have people who are famous in your family tree to have something special. I come from a long line of preachers and strong Christian heritage. I also have a great grandfather who spent time in prison. I remember only a handful of the funny stories my father told of growing up in a family of 9 during the Great Depression as the youngest child. My sisters and I begged him to write down or record those stories so that they would not be lost. He never did and now they are all but lost forever. I wish I had a copy even of all of his Christmas letters so we could chronicle the important things that happened through the years. Because of this, I have saved a copy of most of our family letters so that my children can have a copy when I am gone. I hope that they will cherish them some day and that my grandchildren and beyond will know me better because of them.
In the church, testimonies, or stories of what God has done encourage us and lift us up. They are important and can bring life. My mentor told of a story of an elderly woman on her death bed and the family, Pentecostal preacher and all, began to give testimonies of what God had done. She came out of her coma and was able to stand and give a testimony herself. This is a woman who had not eaten in almost a week and had so little urine that it would barely cover the bottom of a cup. She lived for another two weeks when beforehand she had been hours from death. Those who were medically trained, including my mentor, were simply amazed. All because of the power of a testimony or true story. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. What can your testimony do today? Share it and find out.