What's a testimony? What's an opportunity? A testimony is evidence of something. An opportunity is something we offered to do.
This week is Homecoming Week for our small school district. Kids from Kindergarten through 12th dress up. The high schoolers get a floating A if they dress up each day so my two teens are dressing up daily. And this means their three younger siblings want to too.
I was dreading this week a bit. It was just more work for Mom when it comes to the little kids.
But let me tell you something -- it has been fun! Today is Disney Day and the kids dressed up like: The Mad Hatter, Pocahantos, Elizabeth Swan the pirate, Russell from Up and my oldest daughter will be an alien from Toy Story. I didn't help her but I did the costumes for the other ones and boy, we have had so much fun.
Why am I sharing this? What does this have to do with testimony and opportunity? It is an opportunity to show my kids I care about what they care about. My youngest said, "Mom, thanks for doing this for me."
And my oldest said something similar and was thrilled with all the compliments he got with his wigged out hair (who knew teasing my hair in the 80s would be great experience 20 years later).
This is one of the things we can do for others to show them God's love -- we show them what they think is important is important to us too because we love them. We recognize the validity of their lives and what they think about.
God does this with us. If we think something is important, He does too. He cares about what we care about. God doesn't belittle us. We should never belittle someone else's life or opinions or pursuits in life. Even if they are pursuing wrong things we shouldn't belittle them. Help them see truth. Help them see they are loved, valued and cherished by our Heavenly Father.