Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5
We all have a story. I love hearing peoples’ stories. Stories of healing. Stories of pain. Stories of hope. Stories of disappointment. Stories of unions. Stories of isolation. Stories give insight into who we are, where we come from, where we are going, our greatest challenges and successes. God uses our story for His Glory, no matter how it begins or how it ends.
Here’s what I also like about Life Stories. We are often positioned to share our stories before the chapter ends. Right in the midst of our journey, God sometimes sends people in our lives that need to hear our story. Sometimes our painful stories can help heal others. Sometimes our painful stories will fall on the ears of the very person sent to heal us. Stories connect us, bring validation, and hope. Others need to not only read about our pain, but actually experience it to help them believe.
God will sometimes recruit an audience right in the middle of the most challenging time in your life. Why is this? One fact, God can use anyone. God doesn’t reserve His trophies for the person with the most muscles, unmatched faith, or the smartest. God doesn’t reserve His trophies for those who have come out on top. He doesn’t distribute trophies based on who has done the most good, given the most money, or is the most popular. God’s trophies are reserved for those who have demonstrated a genuine faith and trust in Him despite all circumstances. God’s trophies are reserved for the weak and the strong. God’s trophies are sometimes given to those right in the middle of the pain, when we choose to persevere.
God will often use us before He heals us. It’s an act to demonstrate where we are weak, He is strong. It’s an act to encourage humility and helps us redefine strength. Look at Jesus, He literally carried his trophy under the most painful circumstances. Our unhealed wounds demonstrate our humanness and need for God.
Don’t wait to be healed to allow God to use you. Let God use your pain to help define your purpose. Grab your trophy on your way down. True strength is not in your ability to win the race, but in your determination to keep running.