The North American Christian Conference was held in Anaheim, Ca. this year, so Cindy and I were able to attend. The yearly event is for Christians to come together and be refreshed. The theme this year was, “A better Story.” And that is what we heard, personal stories from Christians around the world of how Christ’s great love for the lost is saving the world.
Why does the Christian story matter? Job 14:7-9 gives us a clue, “For there is hope for a tree, when it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and its shoots will not fail. Though its stump dies in the dry soil, at the scent of water it will flourish and put forth sprigs like a plant.” The phrase, “At just the scent of water it will flourish,” is my point.
We all have stories of how Jesus has changed our life, and many of those stories contain pain. But it is wrong to think that the only story I have to tell is one of happiness. If God wants to write a story of pain in my life to further the kingdom, what does it matter? For the telling of that story may well be the scent that causes another to flourish.