I have listened to a lot of interviews over the course of my life. Many times I’ve heard someone share the new book they have written, or the new ministry they have launched. Often their life is an intriguing story with many ups and down, with at least one climactic moment.
Having always had a vivid imagination, I have to admit that I often think of my life in terms of an interview. Sort of a view from the future as it were. When I have come to what I believe are defining moments in my life I can hear the interviewer say to me,
“Monica, tell our listeners what ran through your mind when you opened the curtains and saw your backyard engulfed with flames.”
So this is the moment where I choose what I am going to get out of the situation. In my fantasy world I explain the many parallels of the fire and my faith.I bring hope and encouragement to the many people hanging on the edge of their seats listening to my story.
Then my mind usually does the flip side interview. This is when I don’t exalt God in my feelings at all, I emphasize fear, worry and anger towards the Lord. No one gets anything out of my story, and are perplexed as to how a bitter middle-aged woman landed a radio interview.
Perhaps these wilds imaginations are not apart of your everyday life, but I get swept away from the real world quickly into these made up situations.
I might never write a book, I might never be interviewed, I might never share any of my life with anyone in far-reaching places, but this little interview world has taught me a lot.
I have processed many difficult situations from the seat at the microphone. I have analyzed my life story to this point as one that can very well bring glory to the Lord. This same story can also steal glory from God depending on the angle I choose to look at it from.
If you were interviewed, sharing your story, what would the discussion go like? What was the defining moment in your life that caused you to fall on your knees and accept Christ’s salvation? What heartbreak happened to force you out of your comfort zone and reach out to someone else? What tragedy showed you the depth of God’s love? What miracle left you in awestruck wonder?
Maybe you aren’t drawn to the high drama of an exciting life. I know I kind of play mine up a bit in my mind sometime (I am truly a kindred spirit to Anne Shirley). I can get lost in a different realm apart from reality, and my husband assures me that we actually don’t need more drama in the house!
Whatever your personality, the question remains the same. What message does your story bring?
My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge. With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone. O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.
Keep sharing your testimony and telling of the great thing God has done for you! If a situation comes along that is challenging, try to purpose to learn some thing from it and let it impact you for eternity.