Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Story: Why Tell It? #4

Here it is! The final post in the series. Today I'm talking about why we need to tell our stories. 


But first, let me make this clear. While I do believe that we all have a story to tell, I don't believe we are all called to write about or even broadcast our lives to the entire world. I believe that we all have many stories to share, the bulk of which make up our 'story'. So while you may not be called to share your entire life's story in one place, such as a book, you need to be open to the fact that God will bring people and/or opportunities to you. And when that happens be ready to share a part of your story.  

Your story is your testimony. It is your opportunity to attest to the truth of what God has done and is doing in your life.


Telling your story helps others to know:

  • They are not alone
We all need to know that we are not on this journey alone. We were created for relationship…to exist  in community. When we find that we share a common trial, or circumstance with another it creates a feeling of connection. 
 What! You too? I thought I was the only one. ~C.S. Lewis
  • There is hope
When we see that someone has come through a trial we have hope that we too can make it through whatever trial we may be facing.  Hope awakens our soul to press on. Prayer gives wings to that hope. (click to tweet)
Hope is the dream of a soul awake. ~french proverb
  • There can be purpose through pain and trials 
That thing (pain, trial, persecution, illness, failure, etc.)  the enemy of your soul uses as a means to destroy you? That is the very thing that God in His great love, grace, wisdom, and mercy can turn around to be used for His glory and your good. 
And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. ~Romans 8:28 

Telling your story has the capacity to show that you have come through it all and you survived. You were not destroyed. And it may just complete the healing process for you when you realize all that God reveals to you as you begin to work through the telling of your story. 


You see when you tell your story you begin to find your place in HIS story…the story of God's great love, sacrifice, and redemption. 

Let me give you two illustrations of how God works through our broken mess to bring about His good purpose in our lives.



Kintsugi


Kintsugi is an art form developed by fifteenth century craftsman in Japan to repair broken ceramic wares using lacquer with gold or silver powder. The term kintsugi means to patch with gold. Instead of using a material to hide the breaks, the gold is used to highlight the quality of the repair work and to show the cost of redeeming something so valuable. 

author unknown: public domain
The artist has increased the worth of the item not only because of the craftsmanship of the repair but also because of the value of the material used to make the repair. The break becomes the stand-out feature on the object making it even more valuable than when it was all in one piece. 


The art of kintsugi beautifully illustrates our Master taking our broken pieces and putting us back together again. In the process, He uses the 'mortar' of the blood of His Son, Jesus, and the refining fire of the Holy Spirit to bring the pieces back together; creating within us a stronger spirit with more beauty than we ever possessed when we were whole. 

What is the 'break' in your life? That break is the very thing that becomes most precious as the blood of Jesus is that which glues you back together. You are not 'used goods'. You are not worthless because of your brokenness. 
No! 
God wants to use your brokenness to show the world His power and Glory in your life as He puts you back together one precious piece at a time. Then you will again be whole…yet not as before, but even more beautiful as His mark is now evident in your life.


Mosaic

When creating a mosaic the artist often takes broken tile, or glass from different sources and puts them together to create a beautiful work of art. A strongly bonded piece of art. Much like our group of beautifully broken women who came together to form a sweet community that shines brightly into each others lives and into the world. Together we form a much stronger bond that cannot easily be deconstructed. (I spoke of this group of women earlier in this series on story  here:  Story…Redeemable #2). 

Just as the store we visited took pieces of mismatched broken items and redeemed or re-purposed those items into beautiful pieces of art, God can do the same for you. Only God can bring about true redemption, restoration, wholeness and peace. 

You see the enemy creates that conflict within our souls and only our Savior can break the tie/sin that binds us to the enemy. He then brings us back into communion with Himself. We are redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus. It is with His blood and the word of our testimony, our story, that we have overcome!


And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, 
and the word of their testimony. Revelation 12:11a

So go ahead and pick up the pieces. Place them all in the hands of the Master Artist. Let God use your broken pieces to make something beautiful. Then go tell others about what He has done in your life.

It's time to tell your story! Don't you agree?








You can read the entire series by visiting these links:

Story: The Great Connector #1 

Story: Redeemable #2  

Story: The Conflict #3 

Story: Why tell it? #4

(art photos are public domain photos and used Under the rule in Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corporation, a mere 'record' photograph of a 2D work of art (i.e. a photograph which is an as-accurate-as-possible copy of the original) acquires no copyright protection.)

8 comments:

  1. AMEN! So inspiring. I have seen first hand how God used a broken part of my story to help bring healing to others. Have a blessed week.

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    1. Hi Barbie! I'm so glad you stopped by! Thanks for your sweet words of affirmation.
      blessings!

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  2. Beautifully said! Loved your illustrations of mosaic and kintsugi!

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    1. Ellen,
      Thank you so much for the encouraging words. Don't you just love how all of man's creative works points back to our Creator Father!?

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  3. I love how you relate our healing to the kintsugi art form (and now I want one of those bowls). Here is my take away: even though we show signs of where we were broken, we are stronger and have a story of worth to share all by the power of God. This was a great piece. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Hi Ludavia,
      Thanks so much for sharing! So true. I like to call those 'signs of where we were broken' scars. Healed but still there as a reminder that we are healed! And yes, you are so right in that we do have a story of worth to share by the power of God. Your sweet words are an encouragement to me!
      blessings!

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  4. Love these truths beautiful friend!

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    1. Thank you my sweet friend! You words encourage me!

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