I really didn’t plan that

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This post ties right into yesterday’s post, without my even trying to!
Yesterday I quoted 1 Peter 3:15:

…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepare to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.

Today, in church, that verse was used, and our church unveiled an app called Gospel Central, where people can record, upload, and share their testimonies. People share what their life was like before coming to Jesus, the kinds of issues they struggled with, and how their life has changed since then. Videos are tagged according to issues like fatherlessness, alcoholism, depression, etc. so people can search and find encouragement through their stories or share them with friends who are facing similar situations. I recorded a video and uploaded it, and it’s pending approval.

My first thought was, “Wow, that’s a wonderful idea, I hope that it helps people. I’ll let other people share their stories though, I’m good…” Of course the more I thought about it the more I realized how self-centered that was. God didn’t help me through my issues just for the sake of me having a comfortable, problem-free life. If I have a story that could encourage someone, help someone, anything, then it’s my duty to share that story. I’ve dealt with depression for most of my life, and for pretty much all of my twenties I constantly thought about killing myself, coming close to going through with it a couple of times. If my story can help just one person, if I can share the hope that I’ve found and help someone change their life around, then I would consider all the pain that I went through absolutely worth it. Any uneasiness or discomfort I have of recording myself on video is a sad excuse not to put myself in a position to help others. I really am uncomfortable in front of a camera. Most of my life I have been uncomfortable around people, especially if I had to speak to more than a few people at a time. But I made myself do it… and while it’s awkward to watch the video I made, I’m happy that I did it.

The app is available on smart phones and probably tablets and such, but I’m not sure if there’s a desktop or web version of it (yet, anyways) but I’ll try to post a link to my video when it’s available. It’s called Gospel Central by Rock Church.

5 thoughts on “I really didn’t plan that”

  1. Wow – I find this amazing! I love this idea and can imagine the power of sharing your story. Yes, that is one of our biggest faults, isn’t it? We always make it about us. Self-righteous. And it’s not about us. It’s all about God. And what He is doing in each of our lives. I commend you for quickly rethinking and sharing your story because even if your story helps God save one. That’s just what He planned for you to do.

    1. Yeah I never really thought of myself as all that self centered, but it’s easier to see when I actually think about it 🙂
      Yeah hopefully all these stories can help people who are hurting or struggling!

  2. Love your testimony! And I feel somewhat special bc Adam and I know you from your time in Ironman, but mostly from being and usher/greeter. God’s faithfulness just screams from your story. I’m glad that you shared it, even though I completely understand how hard it is to be in front of the camera (especially a video one) but you know, you could be a YouTuber (with your GoPro bike videos).

    1. Oh I think my bike videos are super tame compared to some of the crazy riders out there; I’ve seen some videos that make me super nervous just watching! Ironman and Hospitality, those were indeed the good old days 😀 Those were the days, actually, that I grew a lot spiritually and was able to break free from a lot of issues 😀

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