Our stories are made to comfort others. And your story can change the world.
Where we’ve been, what we’ve walked through … all that pain and suffering, or guilt and shame, is never, ever wasted, when we surrender it to the Giver of all things and allow Him to use it for good.
Whenever I speak or write about my story, I’m humbled and amazed at the stories women share with me in return.
I hear of their deepest hurts, the tragedy of their brokenness, and the failures that continue to grip their lives with a strength they can’t seem to shake. They speak realities they’ve never shared with anyone before, and write to me with bravery and honesty … and also with their thanks, that I went first.
Being willing to go first is a gift–the gift of comfort.
Many tell me how they felt alone and thought they were beyond hope. And while the details of their situations are all different, one thread weaves through them all. A longing for the comfort of knowing they are not alone.
Sharing our stories lifts hearts, lightens burdens, & gives us hope that we are not alone. [Tweet that]
Let’s face it, after I share, there’s not much worse that can be shared. My story climbs into the top ten of the worst of the worst. But here’s the thing, my willingness to go first and the transparency of my words, bring freedom to imprisoned hearts.
Knowing where I’ve been and how God rescued even me, surprises and comforts and changes others, in ways they never expected were possible.
Our stories change the world.
Sometimes sharing with bravery and courage, in the face of the fear of rejection, is one of the most powerful risks we can take. And maybe, just maybe, it becomes one of the most comforting too.
Because if God did it for me, that means He can do it for you too.
When surrendered to Him, our failures scream the love of our God who never gives up on us.
Our pain resonates the unending mercy that is ours in Him.
And our brokenness echoes the grace He provides.
A gift that’s underserved. A gift that fills in the fractured cracks. A gift He uses to redeem and restore all things.
Your story can change the world because of the comfort others find in your words. [Tweet that]
May you take the risk and go first, and be exhilarated at all God will do!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (ESV)
Have you ever shared your story?
What comfort did others find in your words?
I’m joining Lisa-Jo, over at her site today, to take five minutes and just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. The challenge is to write for
5 20 minutes flat with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing, with the prompt she gives. And today, her prompt: