Write down for the coming generation what the LORD has done, so that people not yet born will praise him (Ps. 102:18 GNT).
Writing down my own faith story changed the course of my life.
During the process of applying for seminary, my husband Dan and I were required to write our faith stories.
I struggled with that assignment, What can I say? I went to church all my life? I remember getting baptized, when I was about nine years old . . . how boring!
But that’s pretty much what I wrote in my story. [Well, without the "how boring" part!]
Reflection. Later, I began to worry about what I had written. Dan had written about his life-changing faith experience. And I remembered what a difference that change had made in his life. He seemed to find peace and direction, as he began to study the Bible and seek God for direction in his life.
Research. So, I began to think about what it really meant to follow Christ. I knew a salvation experience had to be more than just going church and trying to do the right thing. So, I began to read some Christian books, including the Bible.
Revelation. As I read one passage in Galatians, the words seemed to jump off the page, right into the middle of my heart. “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me . . .” (2:20 NLT).
But I didn’t sense the Spirit of Christ in me.
Repentance. I’m not sure what I said, when I finally got honest with God about my faith—or rather my lack of faith. But I knew that Jesus had said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Cor. 5:17).
No lightning flashed; no thunder roared. But from that moment on, I sensed God’s peace within me.
Have you recorded your faith story?