Now this is a story all about how
my life got flipped-turned upside down
and I’d like to take a minute just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I became the …
Oh, wait, wrong story, well sort of. Keep reading (yes, all the way to the end of the post) and I’ll share more of my life story with you.
Were you the girl or guy in high school who had a handful of close friends or did you know everybody and, in turn, everybody wanted to know you?
Would you say you are now the type of person that collects connections or invests in fewer, more meaningful, relationships?
When you get a friend or network connection request on social media do you immediately accept the request or do you stop to think about the last time you spoke with that person or if you’ve even ever even met them in real life?
Maybe this has changed for you as social media’s gotten more overwhelming. It certainly has for me.
I’ve spent most of my life as a collector of connections.
Connections were always safer than relationships. It was easy to jump from one group of connections to another. I could hide easier that way. I could even play different roles with different groups. When I wasn’t feeling great about myself in one group I could easily jump over to another and pretend everything was ok.
Thankfully, I’ve learned that relationships provide so much more value.
It’s become clear to me how important it is to be connected to people in relationships, not just connected through association. Having people who truly care for you, who are looking out for your best interests, and for whom you can return the favor is one of the greatest gifts we could ever receive.
Relationships are shared stories.
As I’ve worked through different challenges over the past few years God has been slowly opening my eyes to a common thread where He has been continually pulling me closer to Him through building relationships with others.
Sharing your story is scary.
Sharing anything about yourself with someone else can create anxiety as you choose to make yourself vulnerable. But to build relationships with others you must also make yourself known to them, and vice versa. We need to feel physically and emotionally safe with others to trust them. The trust created between you opens up the opportunity for relationships to grow. Integrity is then needed to sustain the relationship.
I shared my stories and was then asked to share them with my Church community.
I recently shared some of my life story with the Communications team at my church, Highland Park Presbyterian Church. They asked if I’d be willing to let them share my stories with the congregation. My friend Angie had recently challenged me to “turn up my volume” so I said yes. I’m so glad they made this opportunity reality. It’s been a blessing to hear how others within our community have found connections to my story within their own lives.
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I invite you to share your story with others in your life. What’s the worst that can happen if you do?