One of the most beneficial things that I've enjoyed is hearing and reading in the biography or testimony of others, a part of my own story, then being able to connect through it and in the faith learn from those who've gone before me.
In today's Slice devotional the author writes of biography (or testimony) that: "we find ourselves living in many places; they are profitable because in doing so, we hear fragments of our own stories. The questions and thoughts we considered our own suddenly appear before us in the life of another. The afflictions we find wearying are given meaning in the story of one who overcame much or the life of one who found hope in the midst of loss. Perhaps we move toward biography because we seem to know that life is too short to learn only by our own experience."
Two scriptures quoted in the devotional are:
"Now faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see" (11:1).
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us" (12:1).
Where ever we are as pilgrims on our path, there have been others who've gone through what we've gone through. But most importantly, our High Priest Jesus Christ, has suffered everything that we may struggle with. He has conquered the adversity and the adversary, so that we might be joined with Him in victory. In faith we KNOW, HOPE, and TRUST that in an eternal sense we are more than conquerers in Jesus Christ. And in faith put to death the deeds of the flesh daily, by following Christ in faith. As we do, God gives us a testimony and makes us useful to our fellow Christians.