For ages, I’ve been working on a proposal and sample chapters on a book I desperately want to write. But it’s also one I’m terrified to write. Why? Because it is very personal. I’m not a “write a memoir at 37” kind of guy, and this book wouldn’t be that (at least, I don’t think it would). But discusses aspects of my own story—my life—in ways I’ve never really written before.
And that freaks me out.
It doesn’t scare me because it’s too personal, of course. It freaks me out because I know what people have a tendency to get a little weird when they hear about parts of my life, or how I came to faith. I know what it’s like to have events questions and picked apart. And it’s not fun. (You know you’re in for it when people ask “how do you know it wasn’t just…?”)
But regardless, I need to tell my story anyway. So I do. It’s been told in blog posts here and there. It’s been told in videos, and in person countless times. And I tell it because people need to hear it. But they don’t need to hear it because they need to hear how great my life is with Jesus in it.
But they don’t need to hear it because they need to hear how great my life is with Jesus in it. They need to hear it and be reminded of how great Jesus for saving knuckleheads like me.
Maybe you resonate with what I’ve just written. Maybe you’ve been avoiding telling your story to anyone, or to too many people. There’s something holding you back—fear, anxiety, a desire for a peaceful existence…
But the thing is, just as much as people need to hear my story, they need to hear yours, too.
Both Christians and non-Christians need to hear what God has done in your life. Believers need to be encouraged by what God is doing. Non-Christians need to be challenged by what God has done. You might not change their minds, but you will at least plant a seed, which is all we need to do.
So, tell the story. Be honest and unashamed. Tell what God has done. Tell what God is doing. Plead with him to give you the words you’ll need to speak, and trust him with the results.