if you're on instagram, you've seen a project i'm working on with my friends ashley and lindsay(lindsay doesn't blog, but if we shame her enough, maybe she will?)
it's a traveling set of tshirts that say don't give up. you wear a shirt and take a picture in it depicting a hardship and a coordinating verse that you're clinging to.
one thing that i've believed for a very long time is that stories matter.
honestly telling stories matters.
if you can't be honest and your real self, is it worth it?
to save face but to be alone in your struggles.
to look good but to be in your personal hell of secrets.
to "have it together" but be falling apart on the inside.
to desperately need support, but never receive it because of silence.
to lock up stories, when others need to hear them.
it's so ironic that christians have the idea that we need to have it all together. that people can't know we're depressed, addicted, sad, hurting, struggling, mean, sick, angry.
if you're a believer, it doesn't mean you're supposed to be perfect and good. on the contrary!
it just means you recognize that you need someone to save you from your awful mess.
it's supposed to mean that you can't do it on your own.
Jesus came for those that know their sick, not for those who think they don't need a doctor.
and he made us for community with others. depending on Him, and depending on the body OF christ...
that cliché phrase: the body of Christ?
a picture of Christ.
isn't it crazy that he uses broken people to show who He is to other broken people?
He shows Himself when we get the opportunity to act like Jesus' hands and hug you. help you. lift you back up.
when we get to speak the truth into your life, acting like Jesus' mouth and encouraging you. telling what your forget...that it won't be like this forever. Jesus is coming back for you. He didn't leave you alone...He's near to you.
when we get to be the feet of Jesus and bring you a meal. run your errands. walk with you through the hospital, to the cemetery, from the awful appointments.
this is community.
when you tell the truth about your suffering and hardship, you allow others to be the hands and mouth and feet of God. this is why stories are important and why dealing with hurts and suffering alone is not healing, nor is it beneficial to the body.
(and no, you don't have to tell your hard stuff to the whole world, on social media. but tell someone. a close friend. don't do this alone. )
these are just tshirts. we're just using instagram to remind others that He is near.
i forget it so often and think i am alone.
social media has been a blessing in this, lots of people reminding and encouraging me that God is near. that i need not give up because He is with me, carrying the load.
if you're interested in joining, you can email DGUshirt@gmail.com and it will send you detailed instructions on how to sign up. we would love for you to be a part of it.