How amazing are the deeds of the LORD! All who delight in him should ponder them.Psalm 111:2 (NLT)
Vulnerability (being open and honest with people about your life) is something that isn’t done much in today’s world. After all, if you are vulnerable, people can use it to shame you, or paint you as someone that you really aren’t. Sharing your journey with someone can easily be posted on social media by someone out of context, as a meme, or even just in truth, and then the trolls come out. Trolls are people who “troll” the Internet just to argue, bicker, and point fingers at people. Once the trolls have the information, they spread it far and wide as fact, seeking to discredit the person, or at least to make them look bad. As a result, people in this day and age are very hesitant to share anything personal with anyone.
The issue with this hesitancy to share has resulted several issues in life (and this list is not nearly complete): 1) Most people walk through life being fake because they are afraid to share anything with anyone. 2) People hold in all of their emotional baggage, because they are afraid to tell anyone they are hurting, which leads to behaviors like self-harm, eating disorders, porn, drug, and alcohol addiction, and even suicide. 3) It has led to a very sharp decline in the development of faith in our children. It’s this last one I want to zero in on today.
The testimony of God working in our lives is the most powerful, most convincing thing we have when helping others understand that God is real, He is personal, and He loves each one of us. Yet, we don’t share it because we fear the trolls of the world. Most don’t even share it with our own children (I’ve been teaching and pastoring high school students for a decade, and most of the students don’t know the faith journey of their parents).
But, the Bible tells us it must be different with us Christians. We should never fear proclaiming the great things, or even the good things, God has done for us. As the psalmist put it in our verse today, “How amazing are the deeds of the LORD! All who delight in him should ponder them.” Indeed, we shouldn’t worry about the trolls. We should take delight in the amazing deeds of the Lord. We should never be quiet about them. Tell your kids. Tell your neighbor. Tell your coworker. Tell your friends. Tell all who come into your life about what God has done. Share His goodness far and wide.
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