Tell Us a Story

I wish I could share this yummy key lime pie with you, but I can’t, because that doesn’t work in videos. But you know what does work in videos? Sharing stories about what God’s been doing in your life over the last year.

Yes, I know, it’s been quite a year. It was just a year ago that the pandemic broke out and we all got quarantined at home.

Now some of you have been reading lots of blogs and books and discovering who God made you to be. Others have been starting new ministries and sharing the gospel in new ways that you never thought you could have. And some of you have grown deeper in your walk with Him and in relationship with people. But we haven’t had a chance to share those things.

So we’d like to pivot from the Refresh blog. Instead of sharing text stories for the rest of this year, we’d like to try out some videos. Will you help us? Turn your phone on, just like I’ve done here, and share a story. A great story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Tell us what you’re learning in your walk with God, especially if you think it might encourage someone else. And be refreshing as a key lime pie.

Origin Story

In January, I look forward by looking back. This sharpens my vision on the big picture and clears my thinking about the things that are most important to me.

Dawson Trotman, founder of The Navigators, memorized 20 verses before he decided to follow Christ. He knew 10 on salvation and 10 on how Christians grow. With those in his mind, the Holy Spirit was able to use them in Dawson’s thoughts. One day while Daws was walking to work, the Spirit used John 5:24 to get his attention. He had memorized it in the King James Version.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Daws prayed, “O God, whatever this means, I want to have it.”

The next verse he reviewed was John 1:12.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

Again, Daws prayed, “O God, whatever it means to receive Jesus, I want to do it right now.”

While I prefer to memorize in a more modern translation of the Bible, my heart resonates with the words of Daws. I want to set my heart and my thoughts on God’s Word this year. Whatever this means, I want more of God and His Words in my life.

Resource

This story of Dawson Trotman’s conversion comes from the biography Daws by Betty Skinner https://www.navpress.com/p/daws/9780891097969