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Letter to My Younger Self: Be Fearless and Be Used

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

“‘This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’ —and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:15-16

Recently, I had the pleasure to co-teach a class on Evangelism & Missions for my church. As I listed to what was shared, I was touched by the personal testimonies and the wise reflections gained. Without a shadow of doubt, I know that people were freed in that classroom and the enemy lost ground. Afterwards, I had lunch with a young woman in her mid-twenties and we discussed life, God, and our walk with Christ. As we spoke and I had the opportunity to give my personal testimony, she asked me what advice I would give her at her age – which I wish I had known. There was so much that I wanted to say, but I narrowed it down to two things: Be fearless and Be used.

Although I do not have children, I believe that it is important that we teach children about our experiences and walk with Christ. About how we have been delivered and how He has set us free. When they hear our testimonies, they know that the process is more important than the destination because the process is what perfects us and bring us closer to fellowship with God. Yet even beyond our children, I believe we should be a transparent witness to others as well. Silence can be bondage and we never know how sharing our personal testimony can be the key to someone trusting Christ or being delivered themselves.

The irony that I would get to share my faith walk and testimony with someone after teaching a class on the importance of the very same thing was not lost on me. God works like that. So I was given the opportunity to tell someone to open themselves up to be used by God and even if they feared, to act and be fearless. Those are the things I wish I would have told my younger self. However, I did the next best thing. I told someone who needed to hear it. I told my testimony.

Do not be indifferent to your witness. Do not belittle your story. Do not be ashamed of your testimony. There is someone in the world that needs to hear it and know that God delivers. Someone needs to know how wide and how deep His love is through Christ Jesus. Someone needs to know about the Cross and more importantly about His resurrection. Many times we talk about the advice we would have given to our younger selves, but I ask you to think of the testimony and witness that you can share today with anyone. In ten words or less, what advice would

you give to others in their journey? What is stopping you from sharing your witness today?

Walk with Him,

Shaniqua & The Great Is Team



1 comment to “Letter to My Younger Self: Be Fearless and Be Used”

  • Deuve, December 20, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Interesting read that I think correctly pnitos out a failure of the evangelical salvation model . it simply doesn’t give much focus to goodness. At times, it gives no credit to man’s ability or choice to be good and to some extent that it even matters.A common denominator that is shared with all humanity is the choice between good and evil. It is true for believer/non-believer alike. Repentance (the refinement tool towards goodness) is then is possible for believer or non-believer. I found myself exchanging your use of the cross with repentance and it seemed to fit nicely and it fits for all mankind.Do Evangelicals give far more weight to grace than goodness? Are the lives and families of Mormons, Amish, and others enhanced by a stronger focus on goodness?Personally, I’m an ex both CC and Christian but was talking with my sister recently and reminded her of something written by a Park College associate among the Restoration Studies offerings. The writer prayed that in the identity search ahead for the Saints that they would trust and hold onto an obvious unique virtue that produced something of great value. Over the years, I’ve thought often about that comment and think the virtue was greater focus on goodness than grace.Warm regards,Arlyn Stewart