Day 3398 – Why I Shared About My Alcoholism

When I was first asked if I would share a testimony at my previous church, I thought I would talk about some awesome things God had done in our lives up to that point. I had put together something, but it was just “eh.”

A few months prior to being asked, I had a moment of “I have to get up and write RIGHT now” where I wrote about my drinking and sobriety. At the time, I thought it as more of a “get it out of my head but never share with anyone” type of thing. Then one day in church, someone else shared something deeply personal in her testimony.

On that particular day, we were helping out in both services, during the second listen of her testimony, I pulled up what I had written about my drinking. Reading through, I thought, I have to share this. This person sharing their struggles, led me to share mine, which has led to others sharing with me.

If you had told the drunk/hungover me that I would put all of it out there, I would have laughed at you and never thought it possible. Then again, that Jennilyn would probably not believe she’d ever get sober.

So if you have something to share, share it. Even if it’s just with a friend. As Thrice would say, “Every scar is a bridge to someone’s broken heart.”

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