Each one of us has a story…a gospel story. That’s what I love about Ox Strong – we’ve created an environment where men can come share their stories with us. Stories that will prayerfully impact the lives of our listening and or reading audiences. Just remember…no story is pointless, meaningless, or purposeless. Just like in the Bible, each one is allowed by God, and meant to bring Himself glory.
This past week my wife drew my attention to a story I’d like to share with each of you. Concerning his song Hello My Name Is, Matthew West once said that, “I’m passionate about the power of a story that lies within every single one of us. Six years ago I’d gone through a personal trial where I had near career-ending vocal cord surgery. And it was through that experience that I felt like God put it on my heart that He was going to restore my voice, in time, but that He was going to use my voice to give a voice to other people. And so some of your viewers might not know, but the songs they hear on the radio, they were all inspired by somebodies personal testimony…God can speak through the story of your life…[may it be our desire to say that,] I’m going to tell my testimony.
One of the things I love about all of our stories is there’s two things we have in common – all of our stories are unique and one of a kind, but all of our stories start out broken, right? All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God [(Romans 3:23)]. And yet all of our stories were ultimately designed to become a redemption story…[Remember,] God can redeem our most broken chapters…And [remember as well that] we’re all children of The One True King.”
It’s refreshing to continue coming back to the old Hymn…Blessed Assurance…(The chorus lyrics include: “this is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long”). Thanks to each of you who have been willing to share your story…looking forward to hearing more in the years to come.
Who have you shared your story with recently, if ever? It needs to be heard.
Practicing His Presence,
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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