Afraid to Tell My Story

This is a guest post by a fellow YWW'er, Sara Willoughby

“What does it- I mean to say, how does it affect you day to day?” my friend asked me, referring to my multiple chronic illnesses. I smiled and tried to answer as best I could. The truth was, however, that I was tired of telling my story. Tired of trying to explain. Even now, I’ve rewritten this article several times.

The thing is, though, that God has given me an amazing story! One full of adventures, awesome people, unique places, hurts, laughter, miracles, and more.

So why am I so reluctant to tell my story? Well, one reason is that it sounds and feels... sort of awkward to talk about yourself, doesn’t it? Isn't that prideful, or self-centered? Conceited?

Another reason is because my story also contains things that are simply hard to explain, or because they contain bad memories.

Or maybe it’s because I’m afraid that people will reject my story. That they will disbelieve it, scorn it, or worse. Maybe I think people don’t want to hear it.

Do you think that those reasons are viable? I think they are. But the problem is that I’m forgetting one thing. It isn’t my story that I’m either telling or not telling. It’s God’s story. He is the one who wrote (and is writing) the story of my life.

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16 (NIV)

In my story, you can see Him all the way through it! It’s impossible for me to tell my story and to not tell of Him. Why then should I not tell of what He has done? I should! Revelations 12:11 (NIV) says this talking about our victory over the enemy:

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

Our testimonies are powerful! And here in America, we have the freedom to tell them! We should not hesitate to share the story that God has given us! So I urge you: think about what story God has given you and how you can glorify Him with it. Don’t be afraid like I am sometimes. Or tired like I was. Our story, triumphs, or struggles may be just what someone else needed to hear.

In Christ,

Sara is a friend, sister, Lyme's, MCS, Toxic Black Mold fighter, and a daughter of the King. She can be found in addition to her blog, R5:3-5, she writes on Found Who I AmTh!nk, and real recently, she got published on The Rebelution