“It’s like you’ve been reading my mail,” a reader wrote. “How is it that you always seem to know exactly what to say to stir up my heart?”
I love it when God does that…whether it’s a graphic I create and share on social media or a blog post on my website…I get excited and am thrilled to see when He lets me partner with Him to be part of His work in others. Many times, I have no idea why I feel compelled to share something at the time, only to find out later, that it was “just what [somebody] needed” at that precise moment. All glory to God.
The pieces that others seem to connect with the most are those that I have written out of my own personal experiences, but are common enough that others experience similar situations themselves. Whether it’s a tale about experience sitting and getting frustrated in the carpool line, or struggling through the valley of depression, or being diagnosed with cancer, there is really nothing new under the sun, just our experience with it. Our best writing so often comes when we share vulnerably from our experience, allowing others to enter in and say, “Me too.”
I have learned over the years that God never wastes our pain. Scripture says, what the enemy intended for harm, God WILL use for good. Frequently, our worst messes become our biggest opportunities for ministry. We minister best from our broken places that God has healed. Those times build character, trust, faith, and greater for the suffering of others.
Have you ever done something you know God has called you to do, only to experience opposition to it? Me too. Especially when I’m being obedient to what I know God wants me to do. The enemy hates that. He thrives on rebellion, disobedience, and discouragement. But we defeat him when we share our story with others. Scripture says we defeat the enemy by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony.
Do you want to be victorious? Keep sharing. Stay real. Be willing to be vulnerable and authentic. Let God use your mess to minister to others.