Our world is so full of hatred, jealousy, and judgment, it’s no wonder that we keep our scars hidden where no one can see.
Deep down the trials you’ve gone through that make you who you are are buried deep. Not just because it’s a place you may not want to visit again, but because we are so afraid of what others are going to think of us if we share.
Sharing your scars could genuinely help another through their own turmoil. You never know who you might help or inspire by sharing your story.
A few weeks ago the lead pastor requested the attendance of myself and a few other friends to a leadership conference. Now let me start off by saying there are rare moments in my life where I have ever felt a leader, let alone been called to one, or even thought about attending a conference about being one.
I packed up my introverted self and drove to the church. Upon arrival I was greeted by familiar faces, which always alleviates some tension. A simple registration process and then the waiting. I walked into a familiar space, surrounded by mostly known faces (yes we were all practicing social distancing and wearing face masks). I picked a seat near the front of the sanctuary, and waited for the event to start. Not long after, the pastor came out and approached me and a friend that was sitting near by. We are all friends so that was nothing out of the ordinary. He had asked us to be there and wanted to ask if we would come up and share some experiences, and answer some questions about being apart of a small group.
What I haven’t mentioned to you yet is that there are video cameras, stage lights, microphones ( you know so the people in the back can hear you) and a room full of people.
For the first time in my entire life, I was completely comfortable sharing my experiences, and speaking in front of a group of people.
I am so thankful for the people on my journey and my relationship with Jesus for helping me through that event.
I know that my experiences and my story will help impact someone else’s life. I know that by the grace of God I was able to grow and begin the journey of sharing.
I am also here to tell you that if I can …. so can you. So lets build something better together.