"Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:15-16
My husband had his one year check-up with the orthopedic surgeon this morning. The first comment the doctor expressed was appreciation for our family Christmas letter. He went on to tells us how much it had impacted him as a surgeon. Our letter detailed how my husband's ski accident and long recovery time had affected our family. For us, it chronicled the events that shaped us this past year. But for this doctor, it gave him a different view. It allowed him to see beyond the medical side (repair, recovery, etc.) and to see how the accident was just part of our story.
I have been pondering this since my husband's appointment. Even as we toured the simulation facilities at the hospital, my mind kept returning to this idea that we each have a story to tell. We each are unique individuals that God created. We each experience and are shaped like no other person from the things that we go through. As professing Christians, those around us are watching to see how we live out our story. Do we really walk what we say? Do we remain strong and faithful even in the midst of difficulties and struggles?
My son has a shirt that says to "Live Your Life Out Loud." We each are a walking story to the world around us. We need to live a life that is pleasing to God, and not necessarily to men. When was the last time you shared with others how Christ has changed your life? Have you shared 'your story' with someone recently? Perhaps it is time you did.