Have you ever been in the midst of a situation and wondered: “What good could ever come from this?” You quote Romans 8:28 to yourself all day long, but you just can’t see how God can work out your current circumstance for His glory and for your good.
Listen friend, there is nothing under the sun that happens without God knowing about it. While not everything we go through falls under His perfect will and plan for our lives (because we are sinful and part of a broken world), everything that does happen to us has a purpose in our lives.
Some of you reading this have been through unimaginable sorrow, loss or pain. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one, a first love, your source of income or friends have walked away from you.
While I can’t sympathize with every situation everyone faces, mainly because I haven’t walked through them myself, I have gone through my own circumstances. And I get it.
I get that it’s hard to heal after a breakup. I get that it’s hard to forgive those that turned away from you. I get that it’s hard to move on from grieving a loss. But, I also get that it’s not impossible to get up and turn your mess into a message!
Everyone has a story to tell and there are many ways to tell it. While I am a very guarded person and believe wholeheartedly in privacy (hey! not everyone needs to know your business), I also believe that we need to be open books that others can read.
Personally, I strongly dislike exposing myself in any way, shape or form. I don’t like feeling like people can see into me because I feel as if they see the real, raw and broken version of me, they might not like it. But that’s okay, my love!
Put your walls down!
It’s normal human instinct to want to protect our weak spots. We don’t want to come across as vulnerable to other people. We want the world to see the Instagram worthy parts of our lives (BTW you should totally be following us on social media). Who wants to see the other boring and mundane stuff, right?
However, sharing a bit of our mess (please use common sense when sharing y’all) and the message behind how we endure through it, can help someone see the goodness of God.
There is a danger with painting a picture of perfection to the world.
Perfection is unattainable. Only in Heaven will we be fully perfect before God. But, here on earth, we will continue to live in brokenness and sin.
We can work towards having lives worthy of the calling that God has given us, but at the end of the day we all fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
It’s those shortcomings, when we come so close only to be cutoff by our own weakness, that help us embrace our humanity. Believe it or not, they can provide just the right amount of impulse to steer us in the right direction.
Embrace YOUR story!
Before you can share your story, you have to make sure that God is holding the pen (or keyboard 😉). Without God’s authorship, our stories will always be mediocre. He is a far more excellent writer than we could ever be!
While I have some parts of my story that I am ashamed of and probably not so eager to share (don’t we all), I have decided to hand the Lord the pen of control and my life as a blank page. I have chosen to give God copyrights to my life!
Lord, please feel free to write whatever you like!
I have embraced God’s will with open arms. The story being written about me may not look like everyone else’s, but it’s a story all my own.
I’ve decided to invite God into an ongoing writing session as He pens every moment of my existence here on earth.
And trust me, my story is as unique as it is wild!
Why would we ever want our lives to look like other people’s lives when we can embrace God’s unique story line for us? Don’t settle for a story that you are trying to write on your own!
Even though not every part of my life has been sweet, I can clearly see how God has been working for my good in every season. Moments when I felt lost were also moments when I learned to seek God’s direction. Moments of heartbreak became moments where I learned to persevere despite how I was feeling.
There is a specific message that only you can communicate.
I think that up to this point, I have hopefully convinced you to start looking at your life a bit differently.🤞
We know that nothing that happens to us is by accident. Even the inexplicable circumstances we go through can have a purpose if we give them to God.
Because of this, there is a story that only you can tell. There is a message that you alone can give.
I want you to understand that once you embrace your story, no matter how messy, you can start allowing God to design your message.
I have walked through some deep heartbreak in my young adult life. The past couple of years have produced an immense amount of growth in me. I have matured in my thinking in ways I never imagined.
All of the processes I’ve been through have allowed me to communicate who Jesus is with a greater level of passion and commitment than before. I don’t view Christianity in the same light that I used to. Even my attitude towards ministry has radically changed.
My life now communicates the message of hope, redemption and healing through Jesus in a whole new way. Even as my level of influence has changed, the way my message looks and sounds has changed.
I have made the decision to not allow the messiness of life to keep me silent. Wouldn’t that be convenient for the enemy? 😉
Instead, I have decided in my heart to fight continually to proclaim what I know to be true.
Our unique circumstances and the way that God has worked through them, have crafted a beautiful narrative that only we, the ones who’ve walked through them, can tell. Your story has power because only you can tell it the way that you experienced it.
I believe that there is something so powerful about sharing our testimony. Life affords us with a multitude of situations that can become center stage for God to display His power.
So, my friends, what messes have you been through that can become a powerful message to someone else? By sharing our stories, we can connect deeply with the people around us.
Share only what edifies.
Now, a word to the wise: please be careful of the parts of your story that you do share. Not everything we go through is edifying for someone else to hear. Parts of our stories can bring confusion or stir up painful memories for others.
I am aware that there are parts of my testimony that if someone were to hear, they would not fully understand the circumstances that I found myself in at the time. Not everyone is understanding and can offer grace for another’s broken past.
I want to encourage you to share your story, but just make sure you have a message to go along with it. Nothing in this world can edify like the Word of God can. Therefore, we should not replace God’s Word, which has the ultimate authority, with our testimony.
I understand that our human stories are powerful, but there is an eternal story containing a deeper truth not found in simple human words. God wrote a powerful story that we can lose ourselves in. One where He and us are the main characters in a divine romance!
Thanks for reading!
With all the love in the world,
Our names are Paola and Carla. And yes…we are identical twins! We are pastors, ministers and young women who are absolutely in love with Christ. Our passion is to empower other young women through the message of Jesus Christ to fulfill their live’s purpose.
Although we are young (23 years old, if you’re wondering😉) we have been preaching, teaching and serving in ministry for almost ten years. We hope that through our writing you may be encouraged and empowered to step into the calling that God has over YOUR life.
Thanks for reading, sis!
Always praying for you,