personal journey

This was a journal of my progress through the book "The Purpose Driven Life"...after having read the book, I know that I've only begun to learn about God's plan for my life.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Day 37

Chapter Thirty-Seven: Sharing Your Life Message

Your life message has four parts to it:

Your testimony: The story of how you began a relationship with Jesus.
Your life lessons: The most important lessons God has taught you.
Your godly passions: The issues God shaped you to care about most.
The Good News: The message of salvation.
-Rick Warren

I am currently working on my testimony...writing down the entire experience so that I may share it with others.

You may not be a Bible scholar, but you are the authority on your life, and it is hard to argue with personal experience. -Rick Warren

I really feel that this is the biggest road block that I have encountered when asked about my faith and 'proving' my faith to a non Christian. I can share my story, that's no problem. However, I am not a Bible scholar. I am still learning.

The vest way to 'be ready' [to share your testimony] is to write out your testimony and then memorize the main points. Divide it into four parts:

1. What my life was like before I met Jesus
2. How I realized I needed Jesus
3. How I committed my life to Jesus
4. The difference Jesus made in my life

Mature people develop the habit of extracting lessons from everyday experiences. -Rick Warren

This is a habit I am developing. It is definitely faith based...believing that triumphs and trials are all a part of God's plan to shape my life.

God gives some people a godly passion to champion a cause. It's often a problem they personally experienced such as abuse, addiction, infertility, depression, a disease, or some other difficulty. Sometimes God gives people a passion to speak up for a group of others who can't speak for themselves: the unborn, the persecuted, the poor, the imprisoned, the mistreated, the disadvantaged, and those who are denied justice. The Bible is filled with commands to defend the defenseless. -Rick Warren

I've found that one of my greatest passions is in defense of the unborn, and young children in general.

God never made a person he didn't love. -Rick Warren

I think that simple statement is very important for people to hear over and over again. Someone may be in despair, or deny God, or be angry at God, or be in denial of God...but the fact remains no matter where a person is at in their life, in their faith [or lack thereof] God still loves them regardless.

Point to Ponder: God wants to say something to the world through me.

Verse to Remember: 1 Peter 3:15b-16 Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you, but do it with gentleness and respect.

Question to Consider: As I reflect on my personal story, who does God want me to share it with?

Women who feel that they are without worth. Especially single mothers.

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