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The Day Everything Changed

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”
John 4:39 (NIV)

As Seacoast’s Editorial Manager, I often hear people say their story isn’t important enough (not true), or they’re afraid of what others will think of them once they hear it. They seem to see it as weakness. But I see sharing it as incredible strength.

I also see the results, how stories connect people and help us realize we’re not alone—that others have gone through hard things, too, and come out stronger on the other side for it, that telling our story can grow our faith. And we can do it together. If we let God use our stories, he can help us process what’s important, and at the same time, provide hope and support to others.

I know it’s not easy to put yourself out there. It takes courage. So where do you start? In his recent message, Pastor Greg talked about the woman at the well. Let’s start there.

The woman was drawing water from the well during the hottest part of the day, when no one else was likely to be there—possibly to avoid people who had shunned her for her many previous husbands and current lifestyle. Yet, it’s there she meets Jesus.

In writing and film, this moment would be called the inciting incident—the moment when life can’t go back to the way it was. When Jesus tells her things about her life that seem impossible for him to know, and he says very directly that he is the long-awaited Messiah, she can’t remain the same. Now, she has a decision to make.

She chooses to run into the city and tell everyone what Jesus had said to her, proclaiming him as Lord. She chooses not to hide anymore. She chooses to share her story with everyone, no matter their reaction to her. The result? Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did” ~ John 4:39 (NIV). And here we are a couple thousand years later, still telling her story of true faith and learning from her divine appointment with Jesus.

To get started on your own story, try to identify key moments of change:

  • What was a turning point in your life? Have you ever asked yourself, “How did I get here?” Track it back. What one action/choice pushed you over the edge toward an important change?
    This doesn’t have to be life or death. It can be an important moment that caused you to see things differently.
  • What was a choice you made that ended up being a lot more significant than you realized at the time?
  • Describe the last normal day or stretch of time before everything changed.

Jesus gave the woman at the well new purpose. He can do the same for us. Like Pastor Greg said: We all have a story. God isn’t surprised by your story, and he wants to redeem it. So, consider beginning to tell your story. You ARE that courageous.