Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.
- Acts 9:17-20
I used this Scripture, not the road to Damascus. It reminds us to seek out strong believers once saved so that we can gain strength.
Thank you Amy at A New Life for nominating me for testimony tag.
One version of my testimony can be found at this link, The Umpteenth Attempt at the Classic Three-Part Testimony. Three parts being 1) what were you like before, 2) how did you come to salvation, and 3) how were you changed.
But there are so many other ways of telling a testimony. I am writing a performance script entitled “Humor Me” (God gave me the title. Honest, I never remember typing the words, but there they were.) of how comedy and humor has affected my life, which leads into my conversion testimony and a spiritual growth testimony. Since the performance is scheduled for October, I’ll save that one. Besides the performance will roughly be for an hour or so.
I have also used juggling as a testimony.
I was nearly forty years old when I learned how to juggle. I am a klutz, so I am not good at it. I am rusty, but if I practice for a while, I am barely okay. But as an instructor for thirty years (industrial), I can teach you how to juggle in less than five minutes. When I am finished, you will know everything you need to know to be able to juggle. Assuming you did not know how to juggle already, will you be able to juggle after those five minutes? No. You must put what you were taught into practice. You must sacrifice your time to practice.
Growing up in a home where there were constant reminders of Christianity, knowing about God and Jesus was just part of the process of daily life. My Dad was a ruling elder in the church. My mother was choir director, organist, Sunday school teacher, church historian and sometimes secretary, etc. My brother, nine years older, became an ordained minister. Yep, there were reminders.
I was the proverbial good kid, Eagle Scout, good grades. I never got into trouble, but I was empty inside, because that knowledge stayed in my head and went no further. You see, I thought I was a pretty good kid. Why go further? Right? I had no idea what being a Christian was until I surrendered without reservation to God after a year-long struggle with guilt, and I accepted Jesus into my heart.
It’s that difference between knowing what you need to do to be able to juggle and actually being able to juggle. It’s that no-holds-barred commitment.
I may not have been perfect as a Christian, husband, father, or worker, but I kept striving to help others and stay focused on Jesus. But, when I retired, God gave me an opportunity through this blog to serve Him, and in doing so, my research for the posts has helped me grow in the faith much faster than I had for the nearly fifty years before.
Oh, you are wondering how to juggle? Toss one ball from one hand to the
other. Do so without throwing it
away. Almost every game using a ball
requires it to be thrown away from the body, but you must fight that
instinct. The ball must travel in a
vertical geometric plane, like an invisible wall. In fact, stand in front of a wall if you need
to. If the ball bounces off the wall,
you are not ready for two balls yet. Also,
you can do this without tossing balls at all, to see if your hands pull away or
dig into the walls. If you do the wall
thing, do it when you are alone, or
people will think you are crazy. Picture
yourself holding an infinity symbol (an eight laying on its side) in your hands. Your hands make the motions of most of that symbol. You catch the ball at the high point of the
curve; you sweep through the curve; you toss the ball up so that the other hand
can catch the ball at the high point of its part of the infinite loop.
When you have that down, go to two balls, starting with one in each hand. As you toss the ball, a danger sign flashes in your mind “I have a ball in my catching hand! What do I do?!?!” Hmmm, toss it just as you practiced with just one ball? That would be my guess. Honestly, don’t panic. Do as you practiced with one ball.
Once you have that down without reaching outward to bring a ball back into line, you can move to three balls. At this point, you are ‘juggling.’ The only new skill here is that you will hold two balls in the same hand, and you must toss only one of them to start. Yeah, being a total klutz makes that difficult. The only other thing is that you then have a ball in both hands, so that danger sign in your head goes off faster and more frequently. When I first started, I did not have the vertical plane down perfectly. After I got the hang of five or six tosses without dropping, I was determined to go for ten. After about four tosses, I started reaching, then stepping forward. By the tenth toss, I was running, and I had reached the bathroom at the end of the hallway, diving into the bathtub to make the tenth catch. Did I mention that I was a klutz?
And remember, just like a Christian makes mistakes on occasion, a juggler drops a ball every now and then. It is a part of juggling, especially as a beginner.
I nominate, if they choose to accept, the following. If they are busy right now, they can change the title to “May Testimony Tag”, no pressure.
Here are the rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you to participate.
- Link back to the original post.
- Use the original featured image.
- Share your testimony in your own way, this is a tag meant for reflection and sharing the amazing gift God has given us of redemption.
- Nominate one or more people to participate.
- Enjoy the rest of your month!
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.