But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard. Acts 4:19-20Over the last seven plus years since our story came out, we’ve talked about it with just about anyone who will listen. Now, we don’t go up to people, introduce ourselves and then spew all over them. But close. We don’t do this to get attention. We don’t open our hearts for others to the see the immense pain we walked through to get a pat on the back. We don’t lay everything on the line and risk relationships so that we can get a book deal. We do it because we can’t help but do it. Just like Peter and John, we can’t help but speak about what God has done in our lives. It’s remarkable. It’s miraculous. It’s life-giving. And it’s full of hope. So why on earth would we not share it? Don’t be afraid to share your story. This girl, this girl and this girl did. One of the reasons we often endure heaps and heaps of pain is so that the glory of God will be revealed in our lives. Oftentimes your pain is what brings life to another.
Shortly after Jesus’ departure from earth, Peter got after it. And by that phrase I mean, he started being about the Father’s business. Every. Single. Moment. Now, if you know the Bible at all you know that Peter going around proclaiming the risen Christ did not land very well with the rulers, the elders of the people, the teachers of the law and many others. But he did it anyway. All of the disciples did it anyway.