My Story

I came to know the Lord when I was 7 years old. Many people in my life were getting baptized, including my mom, and I had questions. The more I learned about that public profession of faith, the more I desired to have faith of my own. I began to understand what trusting Jesus meant, and knowing Him at such an early age changed my life. I am not perfect, but I am graciously forgiven for my sins and able to wake up every morning knowing that Jesus’ mercy to me is new each day.

I love my story, as simple as it is, because it is my story. A nonbeliever can argue all she wants about her hesitancy to believe in God, but no one can tell me my story isn’t true. No one can tell me the Lord didn’t change my life. Every day is proof that He did. It’s why our stories are important.

Knowing the Word and the characters of the Bible is another great way to share with nonbelievers. If I am speaking to someone about God’s grace, then I can share my story and liken it to Aaron’s in the Old Testament. Aaron is one of my favorites because, well, he messed up in a pretty epic way. Moses is on the mountain, communing with God and trying to do what he can to lead God’s people. Aaron, the public speaker for Moses, is at the foot of the mountain, collecting everyone’s gold items so he can create a golden calf for them to worship. So he leads that charge, gets shamed for it when Moses returns, and then later is handpicked by God to be a high priest. The only person holy enough to represent the Israelites in the holy of holies was Aaron. He went from idol builder to priest.

While I have never built idols for others to worship, I know I have not always been the best example of a Christian. But God now allows me to celebrate His goodness by working 2 jobs that both provide unique opportunities to share the gospel on a regular basis. I am so thankful for my story. I’m thankful for Aaron’s story. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share each whenever possible.

What’s your story? How can you use it to point others to Christ?

​Ryann Mitchell lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband and 1-year-old daughter. She works in adult education and serves as the children’s minister at her church.

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