We’ve all experienced moments of feeling like our pain is being “put into perspective” when other people’s pain is exposed to us. Whether it comes from witnessing horrible tragedies on the news or in walking with our friends through unimaginable circumstances, you’ve probably, like me, sighed in the heaviness of it all and thought something along the lines of “man, the stuff I go through is so petty in comparison to this.”
At this year’s Storyline Conference, we’ve brought in speakers who tell the truth. You know how it is. So many speakers make us feel like our lives are “less than” rather than works in progress. But what does life really look like for the average person? It turns out we all have more in common than you’d think. But we only realize it when we tell each other the truth.
Public speaking is the thing most people fear, but it hasn’t been a fear of mine since I held that mic in vacation bible school. It’s easy to spew opinions or judgments when we have an anonymous screen name to hide behind. But to speak in private—to look each other in the eyes and ask forgiveness, share our feelings or be vulnerable—that takes courage.
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