Friend, I See You — unable to embrace your story, Afraid To Let People See The “Real” You, Afraid Of What They Might Say About Your Past, Afraid Of The Blame And Shame. I See You And I Am You.
Though your “story” is not WHO you are, it has played a major role in shaping you and has probably affected every part of your life. Even if you don’t have a traumatic or particularly difficult story (but especially if you do), it is crucial to start owning it. Let’s talk about why!
1. When We Begin To Embrace And Share Our Story, It Begins To Lose Its Power Over Us
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5). Jesus — the light- has power over darkness (He overcomes it!) and you can bring your darkness to Him. (And friend, Jesus is not surprised or taken aback by our darkness. He dwelt as a man among us and knows our struggles and temptations.) The Enemy would love to keep you in the dark and keep you stuck.
2. Aside From God, YOU Are The Person Most Qualified To Tell YOUR Story.
Think about it, it’s one of the things you can do best.
3. No One Has A Story Quite Like Yours
4. God Can Use Any Detail Of Your Life (No Matter How Big Or Small, Whether Positive Or Negative) To Do Great Things
He is waiting for you to embrace your story and give it to Him so He can start using it for His glory and your good.
5. Out Of Your Pain — The Experiences You Would Rather Forget, The Things You May Be Ashamed Of — May Come Your Biggest Passion And Dreams
6. Your Story Can Inspire And Help Someone With Similar Experiences To Yours.
Maybe you have experienced some sort of trauma; maybe even child sexual abuse. Tragically, this is a lot more common than you would think. So many times children, and even adults don’t speak out about it, but they would love to hear from someone who has experienced the same to at least know they’re not alone.
If you are a child sexual abuse survivor, first let me say how sorry I am that you were subjected to this horrible sin. You may want to read 7 Things You Should Know If You’re a Child Sexual Abuse Survivor
7. You Can Reach People No One Else Can In A Way That No One Else Can.
8. God’s Strength Shines In Our Weakness!
How often have you heard the phrase “God gives His toughest battles to His strongest soldiers?” Girl, the truth is the opposite — God does His best work with the weak ones! In our weakness and flaws is where He shines the most because that is where He can display HIS strength, power, and glory the most.
His grace and love fill the cracks in our souls. He redeems and makes all things new. Granted, it will not happen overnight and it may take a while to be able to receive His love. I know it’s been that way for me and I still struggle with it, but it is only by His grace and strength that I am even able to write this today.
So I encourage you friend: embrace your story. As painful as it may be, in the long run it will bring many blessings to you and to those you share it with!