You guys have some incredible stories.
Over the last few years, I’ve found myself saying to people, “You should write that down. That’s a good story.” But sharing our stories isn’t so easy, is it?
There’s a lot involved with putting your story out there for the world to see.
Besides the mechanics of writing or speaking to groups of people or even one on one, there are some other factors that I think can sometimes keep us for setting the story free.
You know what all of those reasons have in common?
They’re about one person, not many.
Now, part of me wants to say if these three factors are major concerns, then maybe we shouldn’t share our stories. Maybe we’re not ready yet. Sharing our experiences with others really needs to be about the others and not about us.
I recently had the opportunity to share with a group of people about my struggles. I didn’t really want to, but when it came right down to it, I realized I don’t have the rights to my story anymore. It’s not mine. It’s God’s. I wanted to use all my excuses (factors) to get around the limelight, but I couldn’t because what if it helped somebody? What if it shed light in someone’s darkness? What if its sole purpose was to honor God’s working in my life? Wouldn’t that be enough?
It’s not about me. And maybe your stories aren’t about you anymore either. Maybe they are about something bigger than you, something greater, something higher — something that goes past your story to illustrate truths far beyond the account of one person.
Do you have a story you think needs to be told? Will you tell it?