I don’t make a point of telling anyone the nasty truth of my past until I know them very, very well…and know they love me!
When I do disclose my life before Christ, I want to make sure the response I get is, “You’re kidding? YOU? I can’t believe that!”
A few weeks ago, I was invited to give my testimony to the Bible study group I attend on Tuesday nights. I accepted, but immediately started thinking of a million ways to back out of the commitment.
This group of women is brand new to me. There’s no telling what they would think of me after hearing my story. Worse yet, there were still several weeks of the study left. Just the thought of seeing them each week was excruciating!
The first thing I did was to write the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God! And believe me, I needed His help just getting through that process.
I cried as I typed the details of the horrible decisions I’d made over the years. I cried even more when I described the consequences of those choices. The guilt, shame, disgust…ugh.
When I finished, I was exhausted. The emotions were overwhelming. The process was extremely difficult, but cathartic.
That night, I told nearly 60 women about the trials and troubles of my life.
It was hard.
It was healing.
The ugly story of my past became this fabulous story of triumph and redemption!
I had never connected the dots of my life before Christ and life after Christ. It was nothing short of amazing!
Whatever your story is, I pray you go through the same process I did. Write your story…the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God.
Accept His love and grace and celebrate your freedom!
Nothing takes the past away like our future in Christ!