There is a growing trend to share our stories online. People recognize their stories as God’s story. They are powerful and memorable. People share to encourage others and use their past for good. How do you know when you are ready?
On my blog, I share the story of my family’s escape from a cult and the healing that has taken place. I knew it would help others, but I had no idea how wide-spread the impact would be. The more my story is told, the more people hear it. A certain amount of fear comes with that.
I encourage others to tell their stories, but not until they are absolutely sure it is the right thing. Opening up and exposing the pain in my life was very difficult. I tried to do it right after we left the cult. I wrote as a means of sorting out my thoughts. It was too public and not personal enough. I needed to talk to real people, including a counselor. Writing about it publicly caused more inner turmoil. It was not helping me and I was not ready to help others.
When I launched my new blog, I had no intention of sharing my story. I had done a lot of healing and was ready to move on. As my blog was being developed, however, I felt a heavy burden to reach out with my story. My husband, friends and counselor all encouraged it. I was frightened, but convicted that people needed to hear. After having a dream about what we left, I just started writing. This time, I was writing from the side of healing. I was surprised at how quickly the fear went away and how many doors God opened.
There are a few things I have learned from writing my story. First of all, writing has solidified and clarified what I know to be true. The more I write, the more I feel confident in speaking that truth. Second, a lot of people have been hurt and we need support to continue walking in faith. Third, I need to be ready for opposition.
So far, I have only received positive feedback. Several times, however, I have feared and envisioned attacks. I could buckle under the fear, but I have chosen to prepare instead. I once imagined that someone from the cult called me a liar. I prayed about it and God showed me that I should continue to offer love, especially on my platform. I don’t have to argue with those who oppose me, but offer the same hope and freedom I offer supporters.
Sharing your story could be the best thing to come out of a bad experience. Others need to hear about the saving grace of Jesus and they need to hear it from people they can relate to. Before you begin, spend significant time in prayer and examine your heart. Consider the following questions.
- Have you healed enough to help others?
- Are you clear about the origin of your weakness and the truth of God’s power?
- Can you share your story free from bitterness and without bringing dishonor to someone else?
- Are you writing for the glory of God or for yourself?
- Are you ready for spiritual attacks?
If you feel ready and are sure it is the right thing, it is time to share your story! Allow your pain to be someone else’s gain and give the glory to God.
Have you shared a story of God’s grace to you? How has it impacted you and others?
Tereasa is the author of His Pen on My Heart, where she blogs about freedom in Christ, healing from spiritual abuse and raising special children. She is a story teller, painting pictures with words and drawing the reader close to her heart. Her desire is to encourage those who are hurting and point all to Christ, the healer of our broken hearts.
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