That is the Question
Some people say every part of our past is a part of our story and therefore, needs to be shared. Part of me has always believed it’s the only way God could use our past to help others. Makes sense, right? So, I tend to think our experiences are never really meant for us, but rather everyone else. His Story ~ His Glory, kind of a thing.
And while it seems true that everyone loves a good story… If you’re the survivor of a deeply tragic past, maybe it isn’t so wise to tell all, because people might not be able to handle it. Everyone might think they want to hear your story… Until you start telling it.
Have you ever experienced that before friends?
It makes me wonder if some things aren’t better left unsaid. That perhaps, not every piece of our past is going to be used in a ‘tell all’ while giving our testimonies to others. What do you think?
Perhaps that’s why I’ve never been able to give my own from ‘beginning to end’ or from ‘start to finish’ either… It can be overwhelming for even the most trained individuals. Instead, God seems to use my past the best the way He’s been doing it throughout the years ~ Piece by Piece. When invited to speak with a someone or a group, I get a feeling for their needs first, then do my best to let the Holy Spirit guide the rest. It couldn’t be scarier, but once it’s all said and done, the blessings have always outweighed the fears.
During these past couple of months, I’ve been trying a different approach though. To put it all together for those who thought they wanted to hear. Once again, I was told that there was no one on staff who could relate or help talk to me anymore, because none of them had enough life experience, or experiences which could compare to mine. It’s something I’ve heard many times before and probably one of the reasons I wind up leading so many things instead. And the real kicker is… I never even got through my whole testimony the way they encouraged.
So, maybe I’ll just YouTube the whole thing after all…
The thing is people… It doesn’t matter what your own life experiences have been ~ Good or bad, sheltered or exposed. Our paths may be different, yours and mine, but we ALL share the same journey… Pain is Pain and Love is Love. That is how we can relate. YOU (no matter what your past is) can help someone like myself just by giving and affording me the unconditional love and acceptance that I never had while growing up. That’s all I’ve ever wanted and what most people seem to want. Just be there to listen without passing judgement and pray with me, because where two or more gather… YOU can help heal any open wounds or a broken past just by treating me the way Jesus would. A sweet soul and loving heart are all that’s needed most of the time with any one of us as a child of God.
Please, don’t be afraid of people with such a torrid past like mine… Victims of abuse and crime… Or those with disabilities and physical handicaps… Or who look different or come from a different place than you do… Or those who have illnesses that you may or may not be able to see.
For, we are just like you.
Our job as believers is simple… To accept people where they’re at and just love them. That’s what Jesus would do and that my friends… Is what makes someone a Christian!