A reveal can be exciting…
If it’s the gender of a baby or a masterpiece.
But a reveal can also be scary…
If it unveils your imperfections or your sin.
In today’s devotion, my friend revealed her story of being healed from an abortion. In my book, I revealed how perfectionism damaged my relationships. It’s hard to tell the stories of our ugly places, but…
Sometimes it’s hard to share our stories because we’re not sure how. I’ve boiled it down to four easy steps to telling our stories in our every day world.
- Tell your story– Tell about your struggle. Tell about your joy. Tell about what God is doing in your life. Keep it simple and short but include the important parts that help others to connect like how you felt and how others responded. Sharing our lives and stories in this way is a beautiful living out of II Corinthians 1: 3-4, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
- Connect your story– In a short, conversational story-telling format, you can connect your story to theirs with just one question. Here are some examples: “I just didn’t know what to do next. Have you ever run into a time like that when you just didn’t know the right decision to make?” “I was suffering beyond what I thought I could handle. Have you ever felt like that?” “I knew I didn’t create or deserve such an incredible outcome, and I started thinking about where that blessing came from. Have you ever wondered where the good stuff in your life has come from?” When you think about your personal story, what common human thread runs through it? Suffering? Loneliness? Joy? Use that element to ask a question, and then listen carefully.
- Reveal Jesus as hero– If we tell our stories right, Jesus is always the hero! All we really have to offer people in our world is Jesus, the pinnacle of what humanity was created to be, and His Word, the solution for every one of our problems. Now is the time in the story to tell what Jesus did, and how He helped you.
- End your story with hope– Before we end any story, we want to finish with inspiration. It’s the part that says, “God isn’t just at real and at work in my life. He is real and can be at work in your life too!”
Your story may not be the same as the one I shared about my friend today, but I guarantee that you have one that magnifies God. Make sure to share it with those around you. You never know how it may lead to not only their healing but your own.
If you feel called to speak and to share your story in a group, click here for more resources.
If you’re determined to tell your story now, I’d love to celebrate with you! Leave a comment to enter to win the giveaway below. You can share your story in a nutshell or simply say “Go and tell!”
A signed copy of Breaking Up with Perfect
Note cards to thank a friend for her story of faithful Jesus in her imperfection
A “Rejoice in the Lord Always” sports bottle (A reminder for imperfect moments)
Steven Curtis-Chapman’s “Glorious Unfolding” (Songs of Jesus’ glory in our story)
There are only 7 days left to download the Leader’s Guide for Breaking Up with Perfect for free. Click here to go to the page where you can find it. After Feb. 6, the guide will be removed until it’s complete with links to “Teaching Tips for Teachers”. View Week 3 below!