I have a dilemma.
I have a personal story of hope and triumph; of being forgiven and set free.
I have always believed I am meant to write the story and share it someday.
I have a feeling that time is now.
|Newborn with cleft lip and palate|
What God did is beautiful and shows the power of His love.
It shows there are no disabilities in God’s eyes, only His-abilities.
I am not deformed, but deliberately-formed.
I am set free from guilt and shame.
But first my story is awful. And painful.
I could leave out the awful bits, but it takes away the power of the story; the awesomeness and glory of what Christ did.
So what do I do? Do I deny my parents were human? That people in my life made
terrible mistakes? Do I tone down the truth? Do I ignore
the bullying and human brokenness that I faced every day?
|The 'little koala girl'|
The problem is, to understand the miracle of the victory, the intensity of the fight needs to be understood first.
I know it will hurt close family members. I grew up in a home where impressions were extremely important. Impressions will be shattered. Damage that one of my surgeons, a teacher, and others caused will be brought to light.
|Age 8 - Diseased (diabetes)|
Obviously we must always tell the truth, but does every truth need to be spoken? – And should it be told to everybody?
Joseph had an awful, painful story, but it showed God’s love and purpose, and people throughout the generations have been encouraged and challenged by it.
So did Job. And King David.
And the woman at the well, and the woman caught in adultery.
And the Apostle Paul. And so many more …
They all point us to Christ.
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I have shared my story with many people through Powerpoint presentations and inspirational talks. Just the bare basics, yet God has used it in amazing ways. But to put it in a book I would need to include so many more details ...
Few people have as vivid a memory as I have; I can replay a lot of my life like a movie.
So many memories I want to put behind me,
but haven’t been able to. Which makes me wonder, why has God allowed them to
stay? To remind me where I came from so I never become proud? Or so that I
would come to this moment and share my story? Maybe both and so much more.
I love and have forgiven all those who wronged me. I don’t want to hurt them. Our relationships have been restored because I hold nothing against them. Yet I have not forgotten and, not wanting to hurt them, I have not let them know the impact of their actions. Because that impact is now irrelevant; I have been set free.
Yet once I wasn’t. And the turning point; the incredible transformation into a new creation through Christ’s love and acceptance is the power of the story.
Can we share too much?
Is it worth risking relationships with those we love to shine the light of Christ? Is this what it means to me, personally, to turn my back on my father and mother to follow Christ?
Should I be more concerned for my family who do love and follow Christ, or should I be more concerned for those who are lost and will see Christ’s love for them through my story?
How can I be objective and hear the voice of God when I am dealing with something so intensely personal?
I’d love to know your thoughts.
Jenny Glazebrook writes inspirational Christian fiction for young adults and is the author of 7 published books (The final 2 of her Aussie Sky Series currently at the printers).
She is the wife of Rob, and they have four children: Micah, Merridy, Clarity and Amelia. They live in Gundagai, country Australia, with their many crazy pets.
Jenny is also a primary school chaplain and inspirational speaker.
Her passion is to see people walking closer with God each day.
You can find out more about her and her books on her website: