Are there parts of your story that you are ashamed of and wish you could erase? Have you made mistakes or have things happened to you that you wish you could take back?
Why do you want to erase them? What drives this desire? The fear of what others might think? Are you ashamed of your own self? Do you feel as though your vulnerability is weakness?
Now answer this question: When others share with you parts of their story that are fragile, filled with pain or instigated by poor decision making, do you think less of them?
When someone knocks down their wall and sacrifices their own pride so that others may see God’s glory, do you think less of them?
In fact, at least I will speak for myself here, I 100% respect and am inspired by someone MORE because of their struggle.
I do not view it as “what they’ve done” but rather “what they’ve overcome”.
Yu see, we are so quick to give a round of applause to the brave soldier that shares their testimony but if the microphone gets passed to us, better BELIEVE we are just gonna read a Bible story.
We are terrified to remove the curtain or knock our bricks down. You can’t see behind my wall, okay? If you don’t see it, then you’ll keep believing I have it all together right?
Get real. No seriously, the world desperately needs you to give up the facade. The real you moves people. The real you deals with real things and a real God and other real people need to know that it’s okay to get real.
If another person’s exposure and transparency is courage, then why isn’t yours? Coining it as weakness is naive and steals glory from your Jesus who rescued you from that place.
I know it’s scary. Trust me, my knees shake too. But can we hold hands and walk towards this victory line together? Exclaiming our freedom, forgetting our own reputation and boldly declaring His?
Friend, your past is your past and I am not saying to live there. Quite the opposite. Rather, I am saying to spur forward more valiant than ever by helping others whose present might be your past. Share of God’s faithfulness. Scream of His glory.
We need eachother. And our stories were meant to change the world. Can we stop talking so much about the hopelessness we fear in this world and speak of the hopefulness we KNOW?
You’re a light. So get real, open up and Shine on. I promise to if you do. Let’s create a ripple effect
Happy Hump Day!
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” -2 Corinthians 12:9-10