Use your life story well
Acts 21:39 “Paul answered, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no ordinary city. Please let me speak to the people.”
Paul prepares to defend himself.
“I am a Jew, like those outside trying to kill me”
“I am from a special Jewish city of Tarsus”
He could have said he was also a Roman citizen.
But if that had been leaked to those outside then maybe they would have waited for an opportunity to finish off the job of killing him. Hence the need to stress his Jewish citizenship and upbringing.
He had the wisdom of choosing which part of his curriculum vitae to use.
There are aspects of our past in all our lives which can be used in the present. We just need the wisdom on which experiences to draw from, which qualifications to state and when to declare these.
Yesterday I had the privilege of ordaining some new reverends in Swaziland. I have that title myself and sometimes I use it if I want access to some place. Sometimes I use my qualifications. Sometimes I use my childhood narrative to win friends, to perhaps find bridges that can be shared in conversation and to ultimately gain influence.
Be thankful for where you come from and your story of life for nothing is wasted it can always be used for the good.