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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.