“Come and listen…let me tell you what God has done for me.” (Psalm 66:16)
We all have a story to tell. I do and so do you, and every story is integral to the whole, each one a beautiful, necessary piece of the mosaic, incomplete on its own, insufficient, disconnected, but together a masterpiece, exquisite, finished, complete.
Think for a minute about what happens when we sit down to coffee or dinner with a friend. What do we do? We talk. Share. Catch up. Discuss what’s happening in our lives, what we think, how we feel. We work through struggles, celebrate victories, encourage, laugh, cry, and love one another through life. That’s friendship, good and right and necessary, but there’s more. God designed us to live, to “do life” together as one body, the Body of Christ.
That’s where our stories fit. Without God, our lives are empty and shallow, and sometimes hopeless, but as we begin to see God at work in all the details, personally and intimately, and as we step out in faith and begin to share those stories, the hope of Christ, with others, God begins to work, and others begin to see God at work in their own lives. That’s what made the disciples so powerful, not because they were extraordinary men, but because they told of an extraordinary God. They told what they knew – what they witnessed, heard, tasted, smelled, and felt – and they rocked the world.
When we begin to share stories of God at work in our lives, others begin to see differently, noticing Him in brand new ways in theirs, and we both grow, a beautiful picture of community.
How amazing that God chose us – ordinary, everyday women – to simply share what we know, tell others what we’ve experienced, how we’ve seen God at work in our own lives – God’s story – passed heart to heart to heart – one story at a time, knitting us together into the beautiful, intricate, diverse, extraordinary Body of Christ here on earth.
So this year, be a disciple. Step out and share your faith one moment, one heart, one story at a time, for our extraordinary God still rocks His world!
“Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.” (Psalm 105:1-2)
*Written for the beautiful women of We Used to Be You Ministries — sharing life experience, providing wise biblical counsel, and sharing the love of Christ with girls and young women.