You Do Not Have the Right to Remain Silent

Last week I was sitting in the salon waiting for my stylist to finish up her previous client. She had called prior and told me she was running at little late and for me to push back my start time 30 minutes.  Of course, I didn’t mind because she was fitting me in.  She began my hair and a few minutes later, two young ladies entered the room.  One of the young ladies began to share how she was feeling overwhelmed with school and just “life” as she put it.  As  she spoke, I could recount several times where I felt exactly as she did.  I began to journal as a way to silently express how I was feeling. Boy if paper could talk. There are some things we should take to our graves. On the other  hand, there are times in life that you go through something so that you can help someone else.

Instead of complaining about all the things that weren’t going as I planned. I found other ways to relax and relieve my stress.  At the moment, I decided that I would not remain silent but share how God led me through all of those times maybe just for a time as this. Normally, I would be embarrassed to share such intimate and embarrassing moments but at this moment, it just felt right.  I felt safe and didn’t care that there were others present who could witness my store.  I even felt a bit of relief knowing that I could potentially save another young woman who looked just like me from making some of the very same mistakes. Your story may be the key to turn someone else’s mess into a message.

Philippians 1:12 states, “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.” Therefore, you do not have the right to remain silent. Share your testimony with others.

*Post title inspired by Pastor Jermaine Nichols, Greater Works, Fort Mill SC.

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