Every day as we go about our usual chores and tasks, we also speak with family members, friends, and perhaps strangers.
In doing so, we sometimes get into conversations that we just bare all. Does the conversation get so deep that you completely trust the listener with all your personal thoughts, actions, and behaviors?
The dangerous side effect is what the listener may do with the information obtained. Do they use it against you in some manner? Do they exasperate it and spin it into an untruthful story to make themselves look good?
In the Gospel of Luke 6:39-42 Jesus asks, "Can a blind person lead a blind person?" Will not both fall into a pit? You must be careful who you talk to as not everyone is utterly dedicated to Christ.
Someone who sees you properly acknowledges our need for a Savior. Jesus uses a rather funny image to make this point. "Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?"
Stephen Ministers have been trained to walk beside you in confidentiality. To help absorb the hurt, sadness, difficulties, loss, or whatever difficult experience you are going through, so neither of you will fall into the pit. They are trustworthy. When you're not sure whom you want to talk to or who may be most trustworthy to share information with you don't have to take a chance. If you just need a friend to listen, please remember we are here for you.