I’m not the kind of guy to take a microphone and ramble on about the great things the Lord has done in my life. I think of all the hundreds of people my testimony will be a very small deal to. “Ho! Is this a testimony? tweaaa. If we are looking for testimonies to say wow to, then this one?!!” And just like that I keep it to myself.
Also, I hate showing off. If I’m talking to very close friends I talk big and I know they can tell the jest in it, but to a much larger audience, I really cringe at the thought of sounding and seeming like I’ve arrived. Like I’m the traffic light’s replacement and everyone must stop to see what I have to say. I imagine someone saying “Eeeiii Ben! Ben has come on top o. Hmm, he sees himself papa, meanwhile too tinor. He should be careful o, lest he starts looking down on people.”
The third reason I’m not so much of an explicit testifier is that well…I’m a Ghanaian, and you know how we always pray against monitoring spirits. Lol, at my old office, we teased Abla about the fact that her church had just one testimony Sunday at the end of the year so that it would be too late for all the dark-hearted, kokonsa people to spoil anything. I just feel like sometimes, some people gauge their expectations of you from knowing the new things you’ve come into and I’d rather not that kind of pressure.
So well, all these things have been holding me back from sharing some amazing things God has done in my life recently. I had been stubborn indeed, until last week, I read what my friend Deborah had to say about an amazing opportunity that God had brought her and her organization (Golden Baobab). It was a sweet testimony about winning a bid that is clearly way way above her abilities. I was happy for her and I was convicted at the same time. So minutes after, I said “What the heck?!” to the voices in my head, opened my Mac and started writing this. Then also it’s Easter! What better time than to testify of His goodness?!
Late last year I wrote a post titled our Killer Bewu Last Show God. I talked about why we shouldn’t write 2015 off in November and how we serve a God who sees every day as a brand new year. Many emails and comments showed that you lot identified with this and had testimonies to show. I should have returned in January to testify about what He did in my last show. I didn’t. I’m sorry. Forgive me. They are countless…but I shall speak of my favorites.
Late last year I got to lead a team that consulted on a USAID project regarding branding and marketing needs for one of the Ghanaian SMEs they were sponsoring. Me. Consultant. USAID. I would never have put those three words in the same sentence if even a prophet had told me of it. I felt more out of my depth than a sardine would feel in a whale’s bath tub. I’m not sure what was the greater miracle; getting the gig or being able to finish the gig. At the end, the client was so thrilled with the work, he got up from his side of the endless boardroom table to hug me and the incredible partner I worked on the project with.
Then there was TieSwag. Everyone doubted it would work. Of all the things you’d sell online, why neckties, who will buy, there are a million reasons it wont work, did you really do due diligence? Blah blah blah. I did launch TieSwag, and it was a commercial hit limited only by the competing needs for my time.
Then there was a job offer; two actually. Both were offering positions that would ordinarily require many more years of experience. Both were truly exciting. Both were out of my league, and I chose the more challenging one. The last interview was conducted by the very accomplished Italian owners who flew in from Milan partly for that purpose. At the end of it, he (with decades of experience working with the topmost brands in the world) asked me “How old are you again?”. I told him, he looked at his partner then asked a question I will never forget and which will forever humble me “How…how come you are so wise then? How can you be this young and this wise?” I was taken aback! The verse that dropped into my head was ‘The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom.’
I honestly don’t think I’m that God fearing, I feel so shy about the countless things I do to disobey Him and how I take His grace for granted too often and it all humbles me the more. This is my third month on the job; it is so far from my comfort zone that I have lost all faith in my own abilities. Like, there is no glory-sharing whatsoever with God on the fact that I even still have the job. If you are afraid of heights and you suddenly find yourself on the 75th floor, there is nothing in you that makes you act tough…you whimper and cling to the hand that sustains you and that’s why I feel so bad when I sin and spit on the same hand I’m clinging to, I feel so foolish and realize how much a beneficiary I am of His grace.
I just returned from Milan on a work trip. I toured Europe and drove from Germany to Paris, posing with the Eiffel tower. I saw landscapes I’d only seen in English movies and calendars. I’ll tell you more on that and the return flight beside the silent farter next week. And also last year, I met her; the inspiration for that hit post ‘Mistress of My Life’.
People wonder how come I make time for Goldinwords with all these going on, but that’s my secret potion; when you invest in glorifying God, He will invest in blessing you. The reason I’m never quitting this blog is because it’s the goose that lays my golden eggs. In availing myself and dedicating this gift of writing to honoring him and blessing you, I get more perks than an elite Klout scorer. Please never stop praying for me. Also find something doing for God and do it with your whole heart, regardless of what people say. Just be sure you are right with Him and are in His will. He. Will. Shock. YOU!
I could ramble on forever, but I’m sure you have quite a lot to do today. Before you go, can I ask one thing of you? Share the amazing things God has done for you. No matter how small or daunting…share them#ToHisGlory. Let nothing stop you, because they overcame by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony. So share your good news right here on Goldinwords and everywhere you get the chance. Let’s start a testimony string and brag on God. Let’s show the world that the God we serve is as present in our hearts as he is in our careers and pockets. He’s not only useful for salvation. He will swag you up in this lifetime like you never imagined! #ToHisGlory
Also don’t be trapped by the fear that something or someone can snatch your testimony if you share it. If God gave it to you, He is able to keep it for you. Show me one demon who can snatch anything from God’s grip without His permission and you would have shattered the basis of my faith and that of every believer. He is sovereign, and that’s not for show. #ToHisGlory
PS: Don’t keep! Share…& then subscribe, okay :-(? #ToHisGlory