i like the quote that’s spotlighted there… “He uses our scars as beauty marks…” of course, they knew that it would be a popular quote, so that’s why it’s spotlighted… i’m just noting it, because it’s one of the could that have actually stuck out to me…

anyway, this chapter is about how our personal triumphs and failures (mostly failures) enable us to reach out to those who are coming in along facing similar problems or struggles… basically, no on can minister more effectively than someone who has been in the same shoes…

now, this touches a little bit on a sore subject for me as it ties in with sharing your testimony… i always had a problem sharing my testimony, because it’s not much of a testimony… well, actually, it’s more than it seems on the surface, but the point is that people place such a higher importance on testimonies that have shock value or is fraught with sensationalism… it becomes a competition and it almost (if it doesn’t) encourages people to run off the deep end, before they get saved so that they have a better story to tell…

there is a Biblical principle at play, i suppose, where i think Jesus says, something like: she loves much because she has been forgiven for much, but he who is forgiven for little, loves little… that’s in regards to the prostitute and i think it’s more about how much we recognize that we’ve been forgiven… we’ve all been forgiven of much, but we don’t all admit it…

anyway, i’m way off track… this chapter is about using our experiences to become more effective ministers… i think it applies to everyone – even those of us with “boring” testimonies…

this is also the halfway point of the book… halfway… yikes… it’s all downhill from here… (i mean that in a good way… i think…)…

peace… love… bdg…