But the first step is just to come home and receive the love of the father. As my faith has grown and matured, I have been profoundly influenced by this truth. I believe that the core of my Christian faith is not about right behavior or right doctrine although both are valuable , but instead right identity and right relationship — to know myself as a child of God and to let myself be loved by God.
This faith does not happen overnight. It's a journey. From birth to death we're growing in faith. There are ups and downs — and sometimes long flat stretches. My religious journey began at my baptism as a baby. My parents chose to baptize me and raise me as a catholic. Even though they weren't.
My understanding of how to relate to others has focused on that single point as well. Others tell me that I have a gift of encouragement, and I feel I have a calling to people who struggle with identity and acceptance. I want people to know they are lovable, so I try to offer unconditional acceptance and invite people into community.
And I want people to see themselves the way God sees them, so I try to offer affirmation and point to the beauty God placed in them. Sometimes this takes the form of formal ministry roles like the care team at my church but mostly I just try to love the people God puts in my path. Of course, it took me some time to reach this point. When I was in elementary school, my faith was strictly a matter of hope — it was something I clung to when nothing else was okay. Today my faith plays out in a variety of ways. I faithfully attend a wonderful church called Vox Veniae, which I love because I feel part of the liturgy, not an audience member.
As you set out to gather ideas, begin by asking God to bathe the process with His Spirit, and give you wisdom as you write. The outline below will provide a solid frame to build your story on.
Try to think of specific examples and details that relate to each question. Read through your ideas, and using a highlighter, underline the most important feelings, examples, or incidents that relate to each of the three points in the outline above.
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These guidelines will help you shape your story. Most people will appreciate your willingness to talk openly about your life, and no one can argue with your personal experience. New chapters of your life are being written all the time, so in one sense, your story is never complete. Ask God to give you opportunities to tell your story, and look for openings.
Such situations are windows of opportunity to tell your story of faith. Besides sharing your story one-on-one or in group situations, consider putting your testimony in written form to give to people you meet. Be creative in sharing your life!
And enjoy sharing with others the incredible story of what Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, is doing in you! If you would like more opportunities to share your faith, consider becoming an online mentor. Prepare Your Story Use the steps outlined above.
Ask the Holy Spirit to guide this process. Share Your Story Ask God to give you opportunities to share with others how God has changed your life.
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