Hope That Holds Strong

We all have a story to share.

Stories of happiness, stories of pain, stories of hope.

Hope comes in all shapes and sizes. It comes in all different packages. Hope sometimes comes in the form of a helping hand. Sometimes hope is sharing something you love with someone you know. Sometimes hope is seeing a prodigal son return. Sometimes hope can seem like something so small but it can start something that grows so strong.

One thing I’ve learned is that every story matters. We are all someone’s inspiration.

I met at man last Wednesday night. Just a normal guy from a small town who really loved rock music. He started a band with some high school friends when he was 23 and they broke their way into the music industry. They released an album and in 1998 they hit number 1 in the charts.

After the band’s success he ended up in a downward spiral of drugs and alcohol. It wasn’t until the birth of his daughter that things began to change.

He met a stranger that could see his predicament and knew he was looking for more in life. This stranger bought him a bible.

After reading and reading and experiencing the unexplainable he decided to give his life to Christ.

His journey was long and painful. He left his band to soul search and hit roadblock after roadblock. He never quit though, he kept pushing through. After years of battling with life and his inner demons he not only came out on top but rejoined his band with open arms and is now surrounded by loving friends and family.

He now enjoys his success and shares his story with others. He is an inspiration to so many.

But here’s the point…

He is a normal guy.

He’s talented, sure… but he is just normal.

Like anyone else.

See we look at his story and we find it inspiring because he was famous, but his story is still inspiring regardless of this. His story is filled with so much hope and we often forget that so is ours. So is everybody’s.

You are the symbol of hope for someone! Your life may not be perfect, but your story is exactly what someone out there needs to hear!

Don’t be afraid to share your story.


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