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Can My Past Help Shape Your Future?

Have you ever heard this quote?14240223372_6aea4298d7_h

“Sometimes God redeems your story by surrounding you with people who need to hear your past, so it doesn’t become your future.” – Jon Acuff

The first time I read this quote I thought how proud Brene Brown would be because this quote screams vulnerability and authenticity with others. (If you haven’t read Daring Greatly by Brene Brown yet, stop what you are doing and order it. Now.)

But really, as sisters in Christ, isn’t there power in sharing our stories with one another? Isn’t God glorified when we share our journeys of redemption with those that are still looking for freedom? Yes, boldness and massive amounts of vulnerability are required to share your past struggles with present listeners, but there is grace and freedom that comes with your words.

So in what context can we share our stories with others and hope to prevent them from making the same mistakes we did? Do we just stop gals on the street or bring it up in conversation at church? “Hey, is this seat taken? By the way, my name is Meghan and I struggled with anxiety and depression for years. When I didn’t deal with my issues, my anxiety turned into rage and anger at God. But I have found freedom! Would you like to hear more about it?”

 

Whatever your story is, whatever your past is, whatever you have found freedom from, pray and ask God to use you.

 

Yeah, that probably is a recipe for disaster. I would recommend starting with prayer. Whatever your story is, whatever your past is, whatever you have found freedom from, pray and ask God to use you. Ask him to bring people into your life that need to hear your journey and then, watch what happens.

Just recently a woman asked to have coffee with me because she was a new mom struggling to find balance in her life. Between being tired, working, going to school and raging hormones, her life was spinning out and her marriage was flailing. I have been there, and literally walked those steps (all except going to school just after having a little one, seriously, this gal was a rockstar). Anyways, we chatted over coffee. She spoke and I listened. I shared my experience and how God showed up and redeemed my marriage and brought balance back to my life. We laughed and shared life, then we prayed. And you know what, I can think of no better way to glorify God with my past struggles. A few years ago, when I felt like I was in the desert of depression, I would have never guessed that I would be here now, loving on other young mommies, helping them maneuver life in their new identity as a parent. God is so good!

There was nothing fancy about this interaction. It was simply just a safe, yet vulnerable, sharing of life. Do you know that God talks about this in his word?

 

We are called to come alongside one another!

Titus 2 says:

“Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanders or slave to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind and submissive to their own husbands, that the world of God may not be reviled.”

We are called to come alongside one another!–to train one another to love our husbands and children, be self-controlled and kind. Is there any better way to train others than sharing your story with the women God brings into your life that want to hear it? Women that want to hear what it practically looks like to “submit to your husbands.” Or who need ideas of how to balance being a new mommy and being so tired you think you might die, yet still craving quiet times with the Lord. There is power in authenticity! There is power when I say, “Girl, I have been there. I didn’t do it perfectly, but this is what I did. And by the grace of God, I survived.”

 

Is there someone in your life who needs to hear your story?

 

Is there someone in your life who needs to hear your story?

Have you prayed and asked God to surround you with people who may need their futures changed simply by hearing about your past?

I know it can be uncomfortable, and it’s not always easy to admit that we have struggled, but embrace the power of your story. Especially your story of redemption. God can and will use your journey to inspire others to change. Embrace your freedom and when the opportunity presents itself, speak and share. To God be the glory!

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Meghan Alanis

About

Meghan Alanis has a heart for men and women that struggle with Anxiety and Depression. Her lengthy battle with both of those molded her into the woman she is today, living in freedom from that bondage. Another chapter of her story includes growing up as the daughter of a Police Officer and recently the Lord has put on her heart to grow a ministry for families of first responders of all kinds. Meghan lives in California with her husband Matt and their beautiful daughter Ava. She prays her transparency and authenticity of her love for Christ and the Gospel will speak through her story and meet others exactly where they are. To contact her for speaking engagements please feel free to contact us on the "About Us" page.


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