From: David Kabanje
Date: January 25
Subject: GMU: Who is Writing Your Story?

Who is Writing Your Story? 


Friends, before we dive into our GMU, I wanted to set the record straight. Dr. Holdsworth wrote yesterday's GMU, and it was exactly what I needed to hear! God blesses us with comfort so that we may comfort others! Thank you, Dr. Holdsworth, for reminding us to have each other's back.

My conversation with Dr. Holdsworth inspired a thought—take ownership of your story. This week's theme is "story-ownership," the process of taking back our story from enemy hands. There is a deep need to heal from traumatic and emotional abuse/neglect. When I was younger, I internalized that abuse and neglect into negative behavioral patterns until I read a quote by Theo Fleury; "trauma is not your fault, but healing is your responsibility." The notion of taking responsibility for my healing radically changed my relationship with God and with those that had inflected personal wounds. The process of taking responsibility for our healing invites a few therapeutic elements into our lives: vulnerability, empathy, and warmth! The healing process is not a solo mission; it takes trusted friends, colleagues, pastors, counselors, family members, and God, most importantly. The devil doesn't want us to engage in healing and engage with owning our stories by bringing them to Jesus. Too often, allow our trauma to define our stories instead of unconditional, divine, sacrificial love. For me, one character in the Bible exemplifies this concept of story-ownership, and that is Jacob. This week, we are going to journey with Jacob as he struggles to own His story and allow Jesus to be the author and finisher of his story.  

As we begin this journey, my question to you is, "who is writing your story?"