Monday, October 13, 2014

Why You Should Share Your Story

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb,
and by the word of their testimony; 
Revelation 12:11 KJV

In the Small Group that I facilitate on Monday evenings at my church we are reading the book, "A New Kind of Normal, by Carol Kent. Today we were on Chapter 5, the title of which is, "My Heartache Is None of Your Business!"

The title of this week’s reading really got to me. We tend to want to keep our heartaches to ourselves for we are afraid to let others into our private lives; we’re afraid to be vulnerable and to be perceived as weak.

What if, instead of thinking of how we are being looked upon, we take the focus off ourselves and instead try to use our situation as an example for others not to experience and go through what we have gone through?  For example, if we share our situation as a means of empowering others; as an example of what not to do.

That is what having and sharing a testimony is all about.  Carol Kent makes it clear that “revealing our weaknesses helps others feel connected to us.”

It is important for us to share our testimonies because it allows others to feel connected to us.  When you are going through something, you never know who you are sharing a similar situation with.  It also makes you more approachable, more human.  People might see you and know of you, but not know your story.  When people know your testimony, it makes you appear less perfect and as having something in common with others.

Sharing your testimony promotes trust with others.  It allows people to come to you and open up about what they are going through because they will feel they have someone who they can empathize with, someone who can and will encourage them.

Your testimony offers hope to others.  It allows people to know that no matter what they may be facing there is hope of them coming through it.  It will give people the power they need to face their situation and confront what they are going through with courage and conviction.
Remember, the enemy of our souls wants to keep us down.  He wants to keep us in darkness.  However, when we keep our experiences to ourselves, we are empowering the enemy, who will use what we are going or gone through to keep us in shackles; he wants to keep us focused on our mistakes and our pain.  But, we need to remember that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”. In other words, tell the enemy to shut his mouth when you open yours!

Here are some of the work I have done since my last post, I hope you enjoy just looking. I'm too tired tonight to give a description on how I put it all together.  That will have to wait for another post. G'night!

I created this piece for my sister's birthday.

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