Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul. Psalm 66:16
God has given you a story to tell. He is writing a story of your life, to bring Himself glory, to point others to His strength and sovereign love.
Tell your story. And tell The Story, the old One, of Jesus and His Love. Tell how He saved you. How He has kept and is still keeping you through trials. How He has forgiven your sins and redeemed your life from the pit.
If you are like me, this is incredibly scary, this opening up about past mistakes and disappointments. We don’t want to be defined by the difficult, failing moments, do we? Maybe you have been betrayed by a close friend, and your own words have been used against you.
Of course, that can happen again. We have no guarantees of safety, when we are in relationships with each other, fellow sinners.
We will let each other down, yes?
But if we are going to move from fear to friendship, maybe we should go ahead and admit this, and enter into our relationships with the open disclaimer, “I will let you down. You will let me down. But can we extend grace to each other? Please, will you still be my friend?”
There is only one perfect Friend who never betrays us… the Betrayed One who knows our pain, shares our sorrows, and yet still invites us to make ourselves vulnerable to each other in order that we may lift up His name.
In Him we put our trust, our hope. In Him we rest our joy.
When we rest in Him, we can open our hearts to each other. We can speak of what He has done for us. We can tell about who we were and who He is making us, we can speak of His faithfulness.
Tell your story. Not in an airing-your-dirty-laundry kind of way, but in a way that points Up, to Him.