Let me be the first to say that I’m the queen of Fine-and-Okay Land. When something’s not fine and okay, the LAST thing I want to do is talk about it.
So I won’t–if I’m not pushed.
Sharing our stories, our struggles, is not always fun or easy.
But I honestly believe that the reason most of us never move past the past, especially Christians, is because we never allow ourselves to be fully known, we never share our struggles.
Of course, I’m not advocating running around sharing the most intimate details of our lives with complete strangers. I’m assuming (this might be a big leap) that we all are aware that healthy boundaries are vital.
And here’s the moment I get really honest…
Most Christians destroy any opportunity to keep a conversation going.
Let me demonstrate:
Me: How are you doing today?
Hat Lady: I’m blessed and highly favored, the head and not the tail, above and not beneath…
Me: Oh…my day stunk.
The conversation just died right there.
Yes, Christians are all of the things Hat Lady just said. I firmly and fully believe it.
Though, how are we going to encourage an atmosphere of openness in our churches when the conversation dies in less than 5 seconds?
If the desire of our heart is to have a church overflowing with hurting and broken people, we need to be more honest and become better listeners.
Isn’t this the cry of every church? To be filled with broken hearted people who need Jesus to rock their worlds?
Here’s what I’m not saying: Stay stuck in your past. Always talk about it and never change.
Jesus Christ can and will redeem and restore you no matter how broken you are.
This doesn’t change the fact that broken hearts take time to heal.
What better place to heal than in a loving family of fellow believers who are committed to listening and helping each other move toward the best God has for us?