“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:6-7
Recently, our church hosted a Ladies’ Night Out with dinner, a speaker, and oh my goodness lots and lots of door prizes! It was there that a precious lady, Tracie Miles, shared her story of a burden she had carried for years. It was a burden many others like her share… one comprised of hurt feelings, of worthlessness, of insecurities, of disappointment in self and even of physical pain. To look at her and to talk to her, I would have never guessed what had once been inside that seemingly confident woman behind the microphone. The reason I couldn’t is because she and God had already worked through all of the baggage. She shared that God had made it clear that in order to release the heavy burdens she held on to she would first have to “go share” the burdens.
What would we think if we knew God was asking us to “go share” our deepest secrets. I know what I used to say on a regular basis. I told God, “God please don’t ask that of me. It’s embarrassing to show others that weakness in me. I want people to think I’ve got it all together. Other people don’t really need to know do they? God, I just can’t.”
Tracie testified she had done exactly as I had. She had battled with God but guess who won! He had asked her to share her story and eventually she did. He taught her that she “didn’t have to be perfect to be priceless”. Let me say that again, “We don’t have to be perfect to be priceless.” As women, an understanding of that thought could really free us. We are “treasures” and no matter what secrets our past holds God can use even us.
Renee Swoope of Proverbs 31 Ministries says “A woman with a confident heart chooses to believe that God wants to make an impact through her life, and she looks for ways to let Him.” If we battle with God long enough sometimes God just wears us down. Wouldn’t it be more pleasing to Him though if we just looked for where He is working and as we went there said, “Yes Lord, I’ll do it because I know from experience good will come from following your lead?”
I guess what it all boils down to is that God gave us life to fulfill a purpose that only He knew about even as He shaped us in our mother’s womb. God can use our burdens and secrets to bring that “purpose” to our life and the lives of others. The only way to do that though is to admit we have those burdens and be willing to share them with others going through similar things. It takes courage, believe me I understand.
He doesn’t require us to get on a stage (although he might for some) and tell hundreds of people as Tracie did during Ladies' Night. However, there is someone out there whose life needs your words. Your shared story could be His instrument in making a life whole again. Your losses, secrets and even your burdens could potentially turn into your legacy of hope for someone else. Consider taking that step of faith and share the story that only YOU can tell.
Walking the road with you,
(Thank you CeCe and all the ADBC ladies for a fantastic Ladies’ Night Out and for giving us courage in telling our stories)
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