Benefits for Sharing Your Story
Sharing our story does not just benefit us. It also benefits others. It helps people grow in their faith when they see how we depended on God to help us through a bad situation. They see our strengths, and how God empowered us to find victory in our lives.
Sharing our story also shows people that we are not afraid to talk about our imperfections. If we are willing to be transparent and share our story, it will bring others comfort that we all have a past. People will feel more comfortable to share their story when we are not afraid to share our story with them.
Sharon Jaynes wrote a book called, “Your Scars Are Beautiful To God.” This is an incredible book that talks about how our past creates hindrances in our lives. Our past can be compared to a scar that we get when we are physically hurt. We may heal from the past, but the scar will remain as a reminder of where we have been and where we are now. Our scars tell a story!
Jaynes said in her book that “when we are not ashamed of our scars, but tell the story of how God redeemed our lives from the pit, people can see Jesus in our lives. He becomes real to them. Suddenly, Jesus isn’t just a man in a book or a face in a painting. He becomes the Healer, the Sustainer, the Redeemer…He becomes real.”
Do you have a story to tell? What is holding you back from telling your story? Is it shame, regret, or unforgiveness? What is hindering you from turning your story into a testimony?
I encourage you to spend some time in prayer and ask God to give you the courage to tell your story. It can begin with one person that you trust who is not judgmental. It can be a pastor, a close friend, or a family member. Seek freedom from your past. The more you share your story, the more freedom you will receive in your life!