linking with Five Minute Friday at katemotaung.com – write for five minutes on a given prompt, which today is “share”
Some things are easy to share- news of an engagement or a new baby, good exam results, a promotion, an amazing answer to prayer. We want to shout these things from the rooftops.
Other things are not so easy- stories of failure and mistakes, of unfulfilled longings, of prayers which seem to go unanswered, of past wounds that continue to sting. It can be tempting to keep these things to ourselves. We don’t always like that these things are a part of our story. We don’t want them to colour how people view us. It doesn’t seem to glorify God to share these things.
But if we only present one side of the story we’re not being real. If we pretend our lives are perfect and we only share the good parts, we miss out on the chance to connect.
Opening up is scary and feels vulnerable, but it is also powerful. When we share our struggles and someone says, “Me too,” or offers a word of encouragement, or just lets us know they understand, the burden becomes a little bit lighter.
When we share, it frees others to share too. It lets them know that it’s okay to be themselves and to be honest when life is tough.
And God can be glorified in our struggles as much as in our celebration: as we are reminded of our need for him, as we put our hope in him despite our circumstances, as we see his faithfulness, as we love and support and accept one another.
It’s not easy, but it’s what we were made for- to share together, both in the good and the bad.
“If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:26-27)