Tone Series with Terence Lester

Documented by Lisa Larson

what do the words ‘so worth loving’ mean to you?

When I hear the words ‘So Worth Loving’, I immediately think about God’s unending love for us all. God’s love is unconditional, overwhelming, and filled with acceptance. So Worth Loving reminds me that not only was I created by God, but God created me because I was So Worth Loving. So Worth Loving also reminds me that God’s love is enough and that no matter where I may find myself in life, that I am enough in the presence of that love. When we fully grasp this, we understand that love from God is not earned, it can only be received gracefully.

when you hear the words dark and light, what comes to mind?

When I hear the word dark, I immediately think of life in its most difficult state or being in a place where you need to be rescued. When I hear the word light, I think of God’s power to redeem, rescue, and restore me from any dark place trying to swallow me up. It also reminds me that God’s restoration always happens in the company of peace, comfort, and gentleness.

did you find God in the middle of a dark season?

I found God sitting in a jail cell when I was twenty years old. I made a bad decision that landed me there overnight. While there, an inmate walked over to me and started to have a conversation with me about life. I was broken and didn’t know what would happen with my life after that night. During our talk, this inmate shared the gospel with me right there in the cell. God used him to speak to me right there in the middle of my darkest place. The next morning, I went to court and the judge who was known for sending people away for many years looked at me said these words, “I don’t know why I am giving you a second chance, but today is your day to walk the right way.” God rescued me from poor decisions, and gave me a second chance! I remember driving back to Atlanta after getting that chance and attending a Bible study where I came to faith. I haven’t looked back since. I walked straight into grace.

what did you learn about His love for you at that time?

What I’ve learned most about God’s love is that God has been there for me all throughout my life. He knew what family I would be in, where I would live, and the choices that I would make (good and bad). Yet, despite all of those factors God still pursued me with grace and mercy. I’ve learned that God’s love covers not just one part of our lives, but it covers all of our lives.

what would you tell the next generation about God?

I would tell the next generation the same words James tells us in his book, “if you draw near to God, God will draw near back to you.”