Your story matters.
Sometimes it’s easy to think that our stories are too messy, too raw, too fragmented, too insignificant to matter to anyone.
Sometimes it’s easier to to think that we can hide our stories behind fancy facades or heavy walls desperately created to shield our imperfections.
And, sometimes, it’s easiest to shove our stories in the deepest, darkest closet of our heart and slam that door hard.
Hiding the stories that shape our lives is anything but easy. They have a way of bubbling up when you least expect them to, seeping out at random moments.
Our stories were meant to be told.
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:4
We were created to encourage others with our stories.
Have you ever noticed that it is often real life stories that top the best-sellers lists? Tales of people who were brave enough to share their messy, their raw, their fragmented, their seemingly insignificant in hopes of helping others along the journey. A once perceived messy story ends up being part of a larger work of healing and of grace.
Maybe Brennen says it best. . .
The significance of telling your story comes in the unique healing that only your words can bring. A timely story well shared brings healing both to the soul of the storyteller and to the heart of the listener. To withhold your story is to deny that gift first to your own self and then to the heart who needs to hear.
Tell your story.