The 3 Weird Reasons I Didn’t Testify…Till Now!

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

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42 Comments

  1. Baaba said:

    Glory to God 🙏🙏🙏

    April 16, 2017
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  2. Akofa said:

    BenJ,
    Your testimonies are my heritage in Jesus’s name.
    I always look forward to reading your blog.
    I was recently introduced to your blog by a friend and I just can’t stop reading.
    God bless you for all you’re doing and I pray that you continue to be a blessing.

    June 5, 2016
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  3. AO said:

    Great write up…God took me out of a Job I was frustrated in and gave me a job in an industry that the maximum salary increment is 10%.Someone advised me to doctor my old salaries but I told him I won’t start a job on a lie so I presented it as it is and by God’s grace mine was 100% increment.God’s grace found me.

    April 16, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Wwoowwww that’s simply awesome! We bless God. I’m so excited for you AO. More of those!👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

      April 17, 2016
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  4. Elsie Quayson said:

    Oh my God I almost missed this post. Ben! Really God bless you immeasurably more than you can ever imagine for your input in spreading the gospel through your inspiring and amazing stories.
    And oh you were really in France and you didn’t announce so that I meet you up for some euros 😂😂😂 and yesssss about how I ended up in France is one big testimony and all I can say is that I didn’t know that he will favor me this way”… HE KEEPS ON BLESSING ME🙏🙏

    April 1, 2016
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  5. Rein said:

    Can anyone inspire me more??? You are a gem. God bless you.

    March 31, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Aww shucks! You’re far too kind Rein. Thanks for your kind words. I fully receive the blessings!

      April 2, 2016
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  6. King Kennedy said:

    I started visiting this page since last week!
    And boy, I am impress by what I see and read here!
    Charley, you guys have your game up the roof!
    I am so encouraged, seeing young people living out their faith!
    Charley, more oil to your heads!
    I am still digesting and sharing a lot of the stuffs here!
    Mayne, am so blessed, thank God for your lives!~~

    March 30, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      All hail the King! lol, your subjects are humbled by your visitation and kind words. Really inspiring! I’m really glad you showed up, your spot was starting to get dusty. I look forward to reading more from you in the coming weeks. Thanks for passing through!

      April 2, 2016
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  7. Letitia said:

    God is good, has been good and will be good :). I moved back home for good a little over a year ago when nothing was certain except for my faith in Him. Life (everything) is much smoother than I could have imagined and for that I am grateful!

    March 30, 2016
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  8. shika said:

    That is a good one. i don’t really share testimonies to but then after reading i realise that who am i to swallow the praise of God instead of letting the whole world know. thanks BenJ

    March 29, 2016
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  9. araba said:

    i have really been blessed and my faith has been renewed this morning by reading your post and the testimonies being shared… God deserves all the glory. My testimony is small..lol but God has made it possible for me to enjoy my birthday yesterday though I have been through a year of not getting what I have been praying for but I still say God is faithful.

    March 29, 2016
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  10. Yaa Serwaa said:

    Thanks for always inspirating us. Indeed we should be able to testify His goodness upon our lives. More blessings to come Ben. Watch out!!

    March 29, 2016
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  11. Naashika said:

    He gave me life today blessed me with great health and assured me do that He’s got my back through and through and is about to shoot a three pointer into my life, “Naa just RELAX!” Thats what He said to me through your testimonies, particularly yours Ben and Modupe’s. Watch this space for my three point testimony😉 Bless yu Ben for letting yourself be used.

    March 28, 2016
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  12. Modupe said:

    I hope this encourages someone…I am happily married…this after experiencing what an abusive marriage looks like from the inside, through the eyes of a child who swore to never get married.
    I am a mother of three( a singleton and a set of twins)….this after being told that I would find difficulty getting pregnant on account of a rather large fibroid.
    I have a job I enjoy…this after being led to believe that because I didn’t finish school with an enviable grade, I would have to accept anything that was thrown at me.
    If this isn’t the doing of a good God, then there is something wrong with your thinking!

    March 28, 2016
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    • Naashika said:

      The doing indeed of a good God. I thank God for you and may He bless yu even more. Thank you for sharing.

      March 28, 2016
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  13. Marian said:

    First time commenting, even though I’ve been reading for a while. Awesome post! I had to check out the “Mistress of My Life” one which I absolutely loved! I was definitely not expecting that ending… 🙂 It’s always refreshing to read such authentic-sounding testimonies, especially in the midst of personal struggles and battles. May God continue to bless you in all you do, especially with the word flow. Happy Easter!

    March 27, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      You know you had me going back to read that story, and it felt like i was reading it the first time! Thank you.
      I am glad at least this brought you out of hiding. Don’t return there okay? say hi from time to time.

      March 27, 2016
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  14. mankata said:

    Inspired

    March 27, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Mission accomplished 🙂

      March 27, 2016
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  15. Djifa said:

    The Lord has indeed blessed my family and I. He gave us beauty for ashes, strength for fear, gladness for mourning, peace for despair. Indeed this song was composed with me in mind. I lost my mum in Nov. 2016. Before she died she was on admission for about one and a half months at Korle-bu. She was undergoing dialysis 3 times a week. To cut a long story short. When ever we needed money to cater for her, God uses people to help us. People who we don’t know and people who were just acquaintances. We were able to take care of her and give her a befitting burial.

    The year 2015 was a year I knew how it feels to be poor. We took loans the previous year and deductions were being made from our salaries. There were lots of times I could not go to church because I didn’t have money for transportation and offering. I wasn’t able to pay my tithe regularly. Early September, I told God, “enough was enough. He (God) was the father to the fatherless, mother to the motherless so why should my mother (God) not help me when I’m in need?. From that day onwards I never lacked anything.
    On the 4th January 2016, God has blessed me financially beyond my expectations, more than my mind can imagine, more than my one year salary. I give God the glory.

    My sister gave birth successfully to a girl who is a comfort to us.

    The same God that did it for us, can do it for you. It doesn’t matter how hopeless your situation is. Wait upon the Lord, and He shall renew your strength. Amen.

    March 27, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Woowww, #Standingup #ClappingHands! That’s awesome Djifa, I’m so thrilled and inspired. Thanks for sharing. You just shone light into dark corridors you cant imagine. God bless.

      March 27, 2016
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      • djifa said:

        Correction Nov. 2014.

        April 11, 2016
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  16. Kwame Owusu-Daaku said:

    So happy for you Ben. You’re such an inspiration. GOD bless you! Happy Easter!

    March 27, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Eeiisshh Deaaacccooooonnnnnnn!!! lol, but your primary school-JSS-today testimony is the all time best oo, i promise.

      March 27, 2016
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  17. Fead said:

    God bless you Ben!

    March 27, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Awww, Aaaammmeeenn! I miss you.

      March 27, 2016
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  18. Curls said:

    Benn, Ben! I bless God fot this your awesome writing gift. It’s such that people like myself can relate. You also touch on current, relevant challenges many-a-christian-of-today faces.
    Ok, so your reason No.2 is veerrrry characteristic of me. But chale, it aint showing off or talking big if you testifying to what God says you are! Oh Mercy, Lord! What ungodly fear can make you do! Aaaawurade, fa ky3 y3n!
    I’m not working yet but I eat everyday! The LORD is teaching me to trust HIM for provision. He also blesses me with great ideas; business and others. God is good! Ei Ben!! Forgive me for this my essay, wai? :O 😀 :-D?

    March 26, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Lol, it was too short Curls, thanks for writing. And that is a great testimony. It’s refreshing to not take anything for granted. God bless you.

      March 27, 2016
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  19. KayG said:

    Wow. The umpteenth time this weekend I’m being admonished to share his wonders. My pulse was just racing reading this.
    That line , “how come you’re so wise for someone your age?”
    It’s a gift and sometimes it’s hard to believe when I hear that too..
    Thanks for sharing. Once the Lord has spoken…

    March 26, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      …Who is man to disobey?! lol, I’m glad this connected with you Kay. But you naah, you dont have a choice o. The family you come from nu, wisdom is in the breast milk. Bless God for your life.

      March 27, 2016
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  20. Emefa said:

    God richly bless u Ben nd give even more testimonies.u r a wise youngman …….ders soo much to say……im sure id write a book.uve bn a blessing to most people nd i pray God increases u beyond and over on every level.dis is just da begining of what God does best.😊😊. For some of us…the testimonies r sooo much ….soooo much ……nd we know He wil finish beautifully with us.happy easter.

    March 26, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Aaaaaaammmmmeeennnnnnnnnn!! I rishiv it! lol, thanks Em, really. This means a lot to me…but at least you should have shared one of the testimonies o, 1 p3.

      March 27, 2016
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  21. Emefa said:

    God richly bless u Ben nd give even more testimonies.u r a wise youngman …….ders soo much to say……im sure id write a book.uve bn a blessing to most people nd i pray God increases u beyond and over on every level.dis is just da begining of what God does best.😊😊.

    March 26, 2016
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  22. Bessmah said:

    Thank you for sharing your testimony, more grace abd bigger testimonies in the coming months. Be blessed!!

    March 26, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Aaamen and same to you B! Be even more blessed.

      March 27, 2016
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  23. 9arki said:

    God is indeed faithful! I testify to God for keeping my job through the oil prices downturns and layoffs. Whiles the mighty were falling God kept His promise. God forgive us when we whine, we are just humans!

    March 26, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Chaaiii, I can relate 9arki, I can so relate. All glory to Him.

      March 27, 2016
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  24. Cee said:

    Awwww Benjy, God bless you for sharing! His favour is so much upon me, and I can’t thank Him enough. I rose to assistant manager exactly a year after starting work n it was really scary but He’s kept me n He will surely keep you. The miracle surrounding my daughter’s birth is a story to tell….God is good…..

    March 26, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Wwwooooowwwwooolo! That’s what i’m taaallking about. More of those Cee…moooorree of those!

      March 27, 2016
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  25. Evelyn Bruce said:

    I glorify God for blessing my hands to resuscitate, a baby to live. And I have received a text today confirming something I have been praying for, for so long. I said God win!

    March 26, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Dasryyyytttt, yoouu goo guurrll!! Awesome isnt it? #ToHisGlory

      March 26, 2016
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