A couple of weeks ago, as I spoke to our youth group on Wednesday night about sharing our faith more consistently, I encouraged them to share their stories of daily living with Jesus. I challenged them to invite people in to taste and see the goodness of walking with the Lord.
At the end of my talk, I shared with them my story. I explained that I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior as a 7 year old. Because of this, like many, I have bought into the lie that my testimony is weaker than others! SILLINESS! Every story of salvation is powerful. I explained to them that I often like to play the game “Where would I be without Jesus?” It puts it into perspective and really makes you reflect on the transforming power of God in our lives.
This is what I shared through tears…
I see my sinful nature creep up often, and I know without Christ, my sinful self would have been on a rampage these past 19 years.
Without Jesus, my life would have no light. I would be lost in darkness.
Without Jesus, my soul would be empty.
Without Jesus, I would have been chasing after the empty things of this world all this time.
Without Jesus, I would have given in to drinking and partying just looking for acceptance.
Without Jesus, I would have given in to an eating disorder by believing the lie that I was worthless.
Without Jesus, I would be lonely and lost.
Without Jesus, I wouldn’t understand the meaning of all this.
But, because of Jesus, my life has changed from mere existence to real, fulfilling life.
With Jesus, I have light and hope and joy.
With Jesus, I have purpose and reason for living.
With Jesus, I have found the answer to the emptiness of this life.
With Jesus, I have realized that the things of this world do not satisfy.
With Jesus, I realize that I have value and worth.
With Jesus, I have found comfort, direction, and a loving Savior.
With Jesus, I have been cleansed, white as snow, He has taken my dead heart and now it is beating and alive.
I once was lost, but now I am found. Praise HIM!
I encourage you to play this “Where would I be without Jesus?” game for yourself. Think about it. Write it out. Reflect on His goodness and faithfulness. I would love if you would share in the comments below.
Much Love Sisters (and Brothers)!