How many times have you gone to one of the social media sites and looked up one of your friends or a friend of a friends post or timeline? Somehow we all have a way of choosing the profession of suddenly becoming a private investigator. We become so good at it, that we should be getting paid for it! Have you ever noticed the way people post their lives? You scroll down to see their history. You see the beautiful pictures and things that are happening. Then there are other people with their posts and you think, “Why did they post that or how many selfies did it take for that perfect looking picture?” I still do not understand the whole selfie thing with women, but that’s another blog for another day.
By the looks of things, people seem to have it all together. Those flawless pictures, postings, events and parties, you name it’s there. How often do you read or see what is truly going on? Why do people not post those challenges or hard moments? Only those perfect moments. Could it be fear of being judged, ridiculed, or are ashamed to confess those hidden challenges? I mean who likes to put their life out there on blast for the world to see? Who wants to be looked at that way, right? I have been that person who posted those pretty moments in the midst of a dark time. Where I felt like I am not going to make it out of this storm, but let me give myself a boost and get the acknowledgment I may be seeking at that moment. I do not recall ever posting a dark moment and if I did it was more like a “Prayer request: Please pray for me or my family” type of thing. I have been afraid of being judged or the perfectionist side of me kicks in and says “I have to always display “looking perfect” at all times!” Instead of my name being Sandy Cortes, it was more like “Perfect Patty”. Major identity crisis and such a lie I have bought into and that I am challenged by! Did I mention I am a recovering perfectionist and still recovering? Yes, that me!
I am reminded of Jesus today. Jesus went through hard times, faced abandonment, betrayal, disappointment, rejection and was humiliated and yet was perfect! Jesus sat with the ones who were dysfunctional, broken and did not have it all together, but this was all put part of his timeline in history. Imagine sitting in a History class listening to a synopsis of a famous person. You hear how they began and struggled along the way. Those challenges sharpen them and made history. Jesus made history!
One of the things I tell my clients, “We cannot change what has gone on in your life, what matters is what you do with it”. This life of ours is part of the story, part of HIS-STORY. Every circumstance and challenge we face will glorify God! Every situation goes into a file and is tucked away. Then one day you pull it out and share a chapter of your story, you share your History! I am not sure what you may be covering up or are being challenged by or are afraid of sharing but remember “This is part of the story “His Story”. It will be part of History and be used for his glory. Think about that History class, the synopsis of that famous person is YOU!
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV).
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16).
- What is on your timeline?
- What are some of this challenges?
- Keep a record of them.
- Imagine sitting in that History class.
- Listening to that famous person, YOU!
- Know when it’s time to bring out that chapter out in your life!
- Then you share your History.
- Recognizing that it was part of His Story for your life.
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