Sharing Your Testimony Is Easier When You Realize It Isn’t About You

Sharing your testimony is a phrase that we throw around a lot in Christian circles.  For a long time, I didn’t think that I had a testimony.  When people shared their testimonies at summer camp, retreats, or from the pulpit, they were always testimonies that were so heart-breaking yet so powerful and moving that they spoke of a great God.  I didn’t think there was any way that I could measure up to that.  It was at a Christian summer camp in middle school that started to change my mind. Our group traveled into the city to a park, where we were asked to share our testimony with some inner city kids.    The guy before me pulled out one of those perfect testimonies that left my heart in pieces on the floor and my hands raised to our eternal God.    His story: being misdiagnosed at birth with the very disease that I have.  Well, that put my “testimony” in the trash.  I took the paper out of my pocket and ripped it up.  I don’t remember what I said.  The one thing I remember is that I told them that I had Cystic Fibrosis (CF).  I’m pretty sure I started crying at that point and sat down.    But I still was convinced that other people’s testimonies were better than my nonexistent one.    It wasn’t until my...

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