Tell Your Story
By Candace McQuain –
Everyone has a story. Our story is what makes us who we are, who we have been and who we will become. Each moment in our life has been specifically choreographed, the highs, the lows and everything in between. We are placed in situations and circumstances so we can learn from them and not make the same mistakes over and over again. The thing with living though, is that we seem to choose to do it so quickly. We skim over important moments and special occasions just to get to the next one. We miss so much. One of the most powerful things we can do is to examine where we have been and where we ultimately want to go. We need to tell our story and the person we need to tell it to is the same person who has been our choreographer. Are you scratching your head and asking, “Why would we need to tell our story to the ultimate story maker?” Read on, you’ll soon see why.
When it came time for me to write my story Jesus had me write in detail how I strayed from Him, why I strayed and what I did to others and myself during that time of disobedience. As I dug through my memory vault attempting to recall events in my life in order to document them, I found myself laughing, crying, asking for forgiveness and many times finally taking responsibility for my behavior.
Documenting my story was a gut wrenching, but truly rewarding experience. You see, you don’t always know how you have affected the world around you until you examine what you have done in it. When the effort was all said and done, I pulled back from my computer stared at my words for a while, careful to not change a thing, and then I simply saved the file and knew I was forgiven for everything I had just wrote. I had a clean slate. Hebrews 8:12(NIV) solidifies that, “For I will forgive [your] wickedness and will remember [your] sins no more.”
I’m positive that if I hadn’t taken the initiative to tell my story I would still be holding on to my sin and would have never really been completely free to accept Jesus into my heart…for good.
When it’s finally laid upon your heart to tell your story, know that Jesus has been with you down every path you have taken in life. He’s been with you every step of the way. Understand that He never lets go. He may lengthen the leash quite a bit at times, but He does that to see what kind of decisions we’ll make and how we will react in certain situations. When we don’t react the way He intended us to, He doesn’t love us any less, He just wants us to shake it off, look to Him for forgiveness and walk with Him again.
So tell your story! You have a very interested listener waiting.