“However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”
Mark 5:19 NKJV
This life is not your own. God gave you this life as a gift and He wants you to share what He’s done in your life. He wants you to share your story, your testimony. He wants to use you to help someone else. I know it’s hard because there’s a lot people don’t know about you and you would rather keep it that way. There are parts in your life that you would rather keep hidden, between you and God. However God did not save you to keep it to yourself. You would rather share the pretty parts, the filtered struggles and happy moments; the moments after the struggle. Let me tell you something, you are not owning your testimony by doing that! You are not being who God called you to be. Those ugly parts, those embarrassing moments, the parts that people can judge, those are the parts that can help heal someone. Never be afraid to speak on what you overcame.
Don’t allow anyone to belittle your story. Share it. Don’t be ashamed to speak on how you struggled with jealousy towards your friends and people, how you were unhappy for others. Don’t be afraid to share how you overcame your addiction to pornography and sex. Share how you were molested at a young age and how it haunted you for years because you never told anyone until you were an adult. Share how you were unable to make ends meet and how you tried and tried to find a job but no one would hire you. You were jobless for years. Share how you didn’t have any friends, you were a loner. Share how you were suicidal and depressed. Share how you were in the streets and lived that dark life. Share how you were out having sex unprotected and caught an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease), someone needs to hear and know how serious it is. Share how you did not believe in yourself and you doubted your dreams until one day you decided to put it in Jesus’ hands and step out on faith. Do not be afraid my sister, to share how you got pregnant at an uncomfortable time or by a guy who did not want you to keep it so you got an abortion and you held this guiltiness, until through Jesus you were truly able to forgive yourself. Share how you were abused by your significant other, how your parents use to abuse you, how you watched you parents abuse one another or abuse drugs and you followed their footsteps. Share how you were living for this world until you met Jesus and He helped you changed your life around. He gave you hope and a new future. He used your bad for your good. Don’t be afraid to share with someone. You have to be unashamed. There is someone who needs to know they are not alone in their struggle! Someone needs to know that Jesus STILL has a plan for them (Jeremiah 29:11). They need to know there is hope, there is a future for them, and that their struggles will be used for their good. They need to know if they call on Jesus, He will work it out. How dare you keep your story to yourself? It’s not for you! This life is not your own. God did not bring you out of the darkness for your own benefit; it was to shine His light in you to others. You are alive because you are a part of God’s big picture. You should never feel ashamed, embarrassed, or unworthy to share your story. Trust me, someone needs to hear it and see that God is still at work. You don’t have to be perfect for God to use to you; you just have to be available. So my sister/brother, allow The Holy Spirit to lead to share your story!