Everyone has a story! A story that is influential and powerful. Sometimes we silence our stories because of the pain, guilt, or shame that it brought into our lives. We fear if the story is ever told, we will be judged by our past mistakes. The devil wants us to feel ashamed of our past. He wants us to feel unworthy and defeated. Satan can use our past experiences against us to discourage us from moving forward in our lives. If we silence our stories, we will never turn it into a testimony and use it for God’s glory.
According to the Webster Dictionary, transparent means we are “able to be seen through” and “honest and open; not secretive.” Transparency means that we are not afraid to be ourselves with others. We break down the walls of insecurities and fears and replace them with God’s confidence.
We must be comfortable with who we are in Christ to be transparent with people. If we know who we are in Christ, we can tell our story without the fear of judgment. The Webster Dictionary definition of transparent describes what Christian living supposed look like. The more we speak about our past and turn it into a testimony, the more we will see the bondage, fears, and guilt removed from our lives. Transparency replaces the negative mindsets with God’s joy and peace. It brings freedom into our lives when we share our stories with others.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” I encourage you to not be afraid to be yourself and do not “conform to the pattern of this world” (Romans 12:2). God wants us to “be transformed by the renewing of [our] mind” (Romans 12:2).