Last year, my family went to San Antonio, Texas for our reunion. We live in different continents so gatherings like this are always special. We looked forward to enjoying cool weather, good food and of course, out of this world shopping deals. We were not disappointed—everything we had hoped for exceeded our expectations. But the activity that we enjoyed the most was talking to each other. We laughed and cried and laughed some more as we listened to stories from our childhood days. The stories never seemed to end and we could not get enough of them too. Everyone had something to contribute. Storytelling was not only entertaining for us but also valuable. It drew us closer as we understood each other more. It prompted us to count our blessing especially the blessing of having a god-fearing mother. It reminded us that God has always been there for us. We were really young when our father passed away and life had been tough on each one of us in different ways, yet we’ve experienced God’s faithfulness in every major crisis of our life.
All God’s children have stories to share because all of us have experienced God’s grace. The psalmist says, the Lord “forgives our sins and heals all our diseases… He crowns us with love and compassion. He satisfies our desires with good things… The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed… He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities… He removed our transgressions…” (Ps 103: 3-6, 10, 12). The Lord is good to us, that’s why we who have experienced His grace must “tell of the glory of His kingdom and speak of His might, so that all people may know of His mighty acts and the glorious splendour of His kingdom” (Ps 149:11-12).
Do you have stories to share? If you have, start sharing them today and keep on sharing. Encourage one another by sharing what God is doing in your life. Remind each another of God’s blessings and faithfulness. “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:6). Do not keep silent or be afraid to share your story because you’re not eloquent but like the apostle Paul, strive to know Jesus Christ (1 Cor 2:1-2). Share Christ, His death, and resurrection so that all will know of Him. Our God is a living God and He came to give us abundant life. That is God’s Great Commission to us.
Remember, Christians, silence is not always golden.