If you’ve never shared your story before it may be scary when someone asks you that question. Sharing your story requires you to break open the ice and truly embrace being vulnerable. I bet the question running through your head might be something like; where do I even start? Especially if you are like me and have been saved your whole life and never really had a dramatic death-to-life experience. How do I take a simple and borderline-boring testimony and make it worth sharing?
In my previous post, I shared more of my thoughts on the importance of sharing testimonies and why we should be sharing our testimonies. You can find the post here. And I hope that now that you’ve thought more about testimonies you are now ready to begin sharing yours. But where do you even start? Today I want to share with you some of the tips I have learned over time that have helped me to overcome obstacles in telling my story.
5 Tips for Sharing your Testimony
1. Tell it like it is
No one has your story. Your testimony is unique to you. It may be tempting to leave out parts or even add/exaggerate parts of your story to make it seem more exciting. It can also be hard to be completely vulnerable at times so the temptation to leave parts out is strong. But when it comes to sharing your story, I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep it real. Tell your story how it is. Start at the beginning and work your way through it to the end. If there are parts you are concerned about sharing because of how personal it is, pray about it and be willing to share if you feel the time is right. I understand that some things need time before we go public and share and I think a wise person will know when the time is right. But when we refuse to be vulnerable and be honest with others about our struggles we miss out on the chance to allow our story to truly impact and connect to others.
2. Find a theme
The first time I began writing out my testimony I began noticing a specific theme that kept coming up in my story. All throughout my life I have struggled with fear. So when I began brainstorming all the ways to share my story I knew that I wanted to talk about my journey of overcoming fear. This tactic was a life-saver for me because I always thought my testimony was so short and simple. But after examining my life and realizing there was a theme I was able to trace God’s work in my life better and use that as the focus in my testimony.
Is there a theme in your life that you have seen God help you overcome? Consider using that theme in your story and share how God has been using the things in your life to help you get to where you are today. You never know, maybe the theme in your life story will be just what someone listening needs to hear.
3. Add Bible verses
Another great thing to consider adding to your testimony are Bible verses. If you noticed a theme in your story, are there any Bible verses that go well with your theme? Is there a way you can share them as you tell your testimony? Or maybe you have a life verse that you could share in your story. Psalm 37:4 has always been a verse that I cling to in life. I like to share it, along with other verses that have impacted me, in my story. Don’t hesitate to share the verses that God has used to comfort you or convict you. God’s word is powerful and should be a part of our story.
4. Connect it with a Bible character
When I began writing out my testimony I soon realized that my story was going to be really short. Sometimes you are given a time frame that you need to meet when sharing your story. I felt kinda embarrassed when I couldn’t even make my story long enough to reach ten minutes. But then I had the idea of sharing a Bible story with my testimony. During one of the times that I shared my testimony the story of Gideon in the Bible was fresh in my mind. Gideon was asked to face his fears and follow God in scary ways and I saw a similar connection in my life. I read the story of Gideon in the Bible and then used the theme of facing fears found in the story to lead into my story.
If there is a Bible story or passage that connects well with your testimony, consider sharing it along with your story. You can tell the story in your own words or just read it straight out of the bible. I personally like to do a little of both (reading key passages of the story and filling in the rest with my own narrative). This is honestly a great tactic to have up your sleeve if you need to lengthen your testimony or make it more like a devotion.
5. Highlight God’s grace in saving sinners
The last tip I have is probably the most important tip to remember when sharing your testimony. The most important part of each testimony is the fact that God has saved a sinner from death and brought them into the light. Whatever your story, spend time talking about the amazing fact that God opened your eyes to your sin and your need for a Savior. Even if you weren’t living a life trapped in a horrible sin, you were still an enemy of God and God did a work in your heart to make you His. Highlight the amazing grace that God has given to you as you tell your story. Don’t downplay the fact that God did a miracle in your heart when he saved you. This is the most important truth that those listening to your story need to hear.
And that’s all I have for you today! I hope these tips can help you as you begin looking for ways to share your story! Whether you get asked to share your story in a group you know or God spontaneously brings up the opportunity to share with a stranger, it is always good to be ready and willing. Our testimonies, as Christians, are the greatest tool we have in sharing the gospel. When the opportunity arises I pray you won’t miss it and that God will bless you greatly and all those who hear.