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Thursday, August 18, 2016

My Story


We all have a story.  Our story is how we got to where we are today.  There are literally no two stories alike.  We all were raised differently, think differently, talk differently, go different places, and so much more.  Even identical twins have different stories.

Over the next several posts (Thursdays), I am going to be sharing my story.  This is a daunting task for me.  The life I have lived has been extremely rocky at moments and incredibly wonderful at others.  It is my prayer that you will be willing to share your story as well.

Today, in this introduction, I want to talk about a couple of reasons people don't share their story and a couple of reason why you should.  Let's begin by looking at a couple of things that keep people from sharing their story.

The first hindrance in telling our story is pride.  Let's face it, it hurts our pride to talk about times in our lives when we really messed up.  We live in a fake society.  Every picture on social media of our lives is glamorous and glorious.  So many people are hiding behind a facade that is so deceiving.  Why is this?  We don't want people to know how messed up our lives really are.  Here's the thing, every one knows your life is not perfect, because their life is not perfect.  The only people we are truly deceiving is ourselves, and we aren't doing a good job of that.  Don't let pride stand in your way.  Don't be afraid to share your story.

The second reason most won't share their story is because it makes us vulnerable.  When we open up about who we are and where we've been, it opens us up to people knowing the real us.  This can be difficult because people may talk about us or look at us differently.  Here's the thing, the people who would do that to you are not worth your stress.  If they try to hurt you by what you have been through, they aren't worth your time and attention.  I am convinced it is much easier to just be yourself and let the chips fall where they may, then to continually hide who you are.

Now, let's look at a couple of reasons why we should share our stories.

The first reason we should is because it may really help someone.  We never know when someone is hearing or reading our story and are in the same situation.  Most of the time, when we are in the midst of a rough time, we feel like we are all alone and should just give up.  You never know when you sharing how God got you through that situation will help someone else.  Many can find tremendous encouragement from someone who has gone through it.  I know I have drawn comfort and encouragement from hearing other people's story.  Only God knows who may need to hear your story.

The last, but most important reason to tell your story is because God gets glory.  As I share my story, it is my prayer that God would receive glory for what He has done.  God uses everything that happens to us to shape and mold us.  In my darkest days I claimed the promise of Romans 8:28, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."  The word "good" means profit.  In other words, God is taking everything, both good and bad, and making us better.  There is nothing that happens in vain.  The wonderful thing is that at the end God receives all the glory for what He has done.  That will be a reoccurring theme in my story.  

I am looking forward to declaring the glory of God through my story.  I am praying it will encourage you and challenge you to share your's.

JCH

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