Dear Younger Me,
We’ve spoken a lot about your tendency to hide and to stay silent, to present a front of perfection and to mask the brokenness. Today I want to encourage you to tell your story.
I know that right now you have no idea what I’m talking about – it’s buried so deep inside you that you’re not even aware – but one day you’ll know what I mean. I have to trust God’s timing on this one and let him reveal it to you when you’re ready.
All I’ll say for now is: this is the one thing you think you will never tell anyone. You’ll worry that you won’t be believed, you’ll fear how people will respond, you’ll start to question your sanity. The truth is you’re not going mad, people’s response will be better than you think, and eventually you’re going to have to let it out.
Telling your story for the first time will be one of the hardest things you ever have to do, but it will be one of the best decisions you ever make.
It won’t be a quick-fix solution, but it will be the start of a journey into freedom.
When you tell your story, you will discover that you are not alone, you will let God’s healing into those broken places, and the chains of fear that have bound you for most of your life will finally begin to snap.
You will find a confidence and joy you could never have imagined, and gradually you’ll discover a desire to let God use your story to help others too. I’m only beginning to walk into that now, so I’m not sure exactly what God has in store for us, but, I’m excited to see how it will work out.
“He led me to a spacious place; he rescued me because he delights in me.” (Psalm 18:19 NLT)
Soon you will come to see that the place you are in is small and enclosed. You are hemmed in by your silence and your fear. God wants to lead you out into that spacious place where there is joy, and freedom, and abundance, and the way to get there is by plucking up your courage and telling your story.
Trust me, you won’t regret it!
This post is part of “Dear Younger Me…” – a series for Write 31 Days in October 2019. Each day I am basing my writing on the one-word prompt provided. Today the prompt is “tell.” You can find an introduction to the series and an index of all the posts here, and you can find out more about the challenge and check out other people’s series here.