Greetings and may the Force we share, seek or serve be with you today.
If you look up in a dictionary the word TESTIMONY, you will find something similar to these; a formal written or spoken statement, especially one given in a court of law, evidence or proof provided by the existence or appearance of something, and or a public recounting of a religious conversion or experience. There are more and more elaborate explanations but let's start here.
In the Force, and in the inherent worth of all life within it.
In the search of self-reflection, we can find things, ways, even practices that can benefit any one willing. None can ring so much truer than YOUR TESTIMONY. In the SHARE of things, we can see the unseen magic that can be felt from a good old fashion Testimony. To be honest, we as humans often need a good story. (Hint Hint nudge nudge *whispers " Those real Hero's Journeys") What is your story? What works for you in the real world? What do you do when you need a return? In this Order, we thrive on the honor system. Inherent worth.
In the Modern day Jedi world, what is our Testimony worth? I teach and explain and try to relay THIS very thing by using Color of the Saber as a understandable metaphor. Our speech CAN be the color of our Sabers at times and can reflect intention. What color does our Testimony glow some times? What do you do with it? Do ya hack away wildly or do you aim and practice and even... flow during these times?
As Pastor, I encourage you to take some time to review your Testimony. In real life, I can't ever give anything but respect to ANY ONE who gives me a good Testimony and praise to the the good things in their life. Don't get me wrong, there is BALANCE to everything we can do and your testimony is no exception. Real talk, some one may need to hear it. Some one may need to hear that "IT" can be done. Maybe some one needs to hear some good news or even just see some one thinking. There are a vast amount of reasons to do things as there are to NOT, but there are so many reasons that can benefit us if we take time to understand our own testimony. Take some time to think about what we share and , how we share it. Does the sharing we do leave others without hands wanting and hurt? Or does it leave others with hope? Fear?
The POWER of a Testimony can change life's and live forever, longer than that of those who tell it. It can leave and take as much as it can heal and cut.
* In my best Yoda voice -Very powerful is the testimony...hmm??!