You might not see it while scrolling through your social media, but everyone, in fact, does have problems! You might be facing the biggest problem you have ever imagined, or you might be coming out of a difficult time. Either way, it’s something we need to be talking about with people who understand us.
Today’s theme for the #thistooshalllast writing challenge is: Story. There is power in sharing your own and hearing other people’s stories. I would like to turn it around and say that while the suffering lingers, be wise about the audience for your story.
When you are telling your story to seek healing for your heart, if your story is one that involves still-vulnerable areas of your life, or information that might needlessly damage relationships, try to find safe places and people to share your story. Not every story needs to be told to every person. Pray for God to provide wise, compassionate, and trustworthy people who will listen to your story. They might provide perspective on your circumstances and story that are helpful to you.
When you are telling your story to bring comfort or knowledge to someone going through a similar circumstance, consider if you really need to share that story with that particular person. Sometimes I think in my head while I’m talking, “Don’t say that! You don’t have to say everything you think!” I remember a couple of times when a family member was ill when people would share their experiences, usually many degrees removed from them, that were truly horrifying and were not encouraging. It wasn’t truth that I needed to hear in that moment, or even ever. These people were not being mean on purpose, but I’d like to think that they were misguided. Use your story to encourage and inspire people, not to discourage them.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” Let us wisely use the story God gave us to, in turn, comfort others.
K.J. Ramsey is coming out with a book next year called: This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers (affiliate link). I haven’t read anything by K.J. before but I am so intrigued by the title of her book. Follow the #thistooshalllast hashtag on social media to read more on this theme.