Where do you store your stories? Are they in the closet, locked away? Or, are they being embraced and used to honor and Glorify God. I think to often we take our stories and throw them in the closet, lock the door, and throw away the key. We think to our selves, if we just put this in the closet, lock the door, and throw away the key, then we will never have to deal with it again. We say things like, let the past be the past. I understand why we do this, we want to forget about it. That traumatic event that totally changed our life, we want it to disappear.
The interesting thing? The key always show up. What I mean is that we never actually let go of our stories. They creep up on us out of know where. They sit in the back of our minds. They knock and knock and knock. Eventually we get so annoyed that we have to let them out. Do you think it’s God knocking. Maybe God is saying, “it’s time that you use My story to honor me, do not be afraid for I will be with you.” Have you locked away your story? Is it time that you let it out? Have you ever thought about sharing it? Remember, it’s God that has allowed you to live that story that you are locking away in the closet.
In the past three months my life has radically changed and I pretty much lost everything, I probably even lost some friends. I lost everything but God, my wife, my family, and my friends. The things that are the most important to me. The things that matter the most. The things have real meaning in a meaningless world. I started to put my story and all the bad things that had happened in the closet and lock them away, when I felt God saying, “why are you putting all these things in the closet? Haven’t I allowed you to live this story. Use it to honor me.”
I am super thankful that God is allowing me to live a great story. The good with the bad. If God has allowed for me to live it, then why should it not be shared. If we love God then we have nothing to fear, only to share. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” What a great verse. If we love God then we know all things work together for Good. Even the bad. What relief?
I think its time that we bust open our closet doors and pull out our stories. It’s these stories that give us hope, peace, and redemption. It’s these stories that make us who we are today. Without these stories, what are we? I believe we are are nothing but a book with blank pages.
Discussion Question: Have you locked away your stories or are you using them to honor and Glorify God? How can we get others to open their closets and share their stories? How sad is it that these beautiful stories are being locked away?