\r\nCan I ask you a question— When is the last time that you really let somebody in? When is the last time you shared your story or gave access to the areas of your life that aren’t so picture-perfect? Have you placed yourself in positions that might allow you to tell others of your struggles so that they could see what your Savior has done?\r\nHas it been a while? Have you just shown them what feels comfortable? Does your level of exposure stop with what is deemed socially acceptable?\r\nYou know, this is really hard I think, especially when those that we are sharing our story with are those that know our hearts. We fear criticism or rejection and we expect judgement and shame. We assume that they will run, right? Our imperfections will surely scare them away.\r\nBut the reality is, the willingness to be vulnerable and the courage to share our stories are the very roots that are necessary for a foundation of true friendship. It is in these intimate and often uncomfortable moments that our hearts realize our stories were always meant to be shared— because in them, we realize the common thread that exists between the struggle of our flesh and the resilience of our Savior.\r\nI guess it comes down to asking yourself, what do you really want? Are you more focused on preserving your pride rather than telling of His faithfulness? Are you concerned with developing authentic relationships or building an impressive but surface reputation?\r\nFriend, your story is exactly that— a story. And stories are meant to be spoken about, shared within the circles of our homes and communities, and imprinted on the walls of our hearts. They are our scars and our struggles, but also our valor and our victories. They are the epic tale of how despite all we lack and despite all the hardship we face, His Love and His grace and His power allow us to become superheroes working for the Kingdom. Our stories may picture us but their sole purpose is always to further His story.\r\nYour story— will you share it? Others need to hear how He has moved. Tell them.\r\n“Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what He has done for my soul.” -Psalm 66:16\r\n“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.” -Luke 8:39\r\nxoxo and Happy Monday my friends!