I told a friend a couple of weeks ago that I liked her sweater, and she responded with, “Thanks! I recently bought it at Target!” I jokingly told her I might need to go buy one too, and she genuinely encouraged me that she wouldn’t mind if I bought it too. That, my friends, is kindness. And if you’re wondering, yes, I do now have the same exact sweater hanging in my closet.
“Sharing is caring” is cliché but worth repeating. We can be generous in sharing our tangible resources with those in need, but we can also share our experiences. If you have found freedom that has changed your life, why would you want to keep that to yourself? The more people hear about the freedom you’ve experienced, the more they’ll know about how free they can be.
In the story of the woman at the well (John 4), Jesus told the woman about living water—a water that would quench thirst forever. Jesus knew her deeply, knew her secrets, yet didn’t shun her. This interaction with Jesus greatly impacted the Samaritan woman, and she couldn’t wait to tell others about it. She left her water jar, went back to town and urged the people to come and see for themselves. John 4:39 goes on to say, “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony.” Just like the Samaritan woman, your testimony is powerful. Your story has purpose, and God may be calling you to share it with someone today.
Don’t silence your story. Your story may be exactly what someone needs to hear to know that they are not alone and that someone else has been where they have been. Who can you share your story with today?