When I was in third grade, one of my favorite teachers took us to a story-telling festival on the grounds surrounding the capitol building in Raleigh. I sat cross-legged and starry-eyed, enthralled as master storytellers wove tails of adventure, love and mystery. Even today I’m passionate about stories and the power they hold.
You have a story, and it’s powerful.
It’s so easy to move through our busy lives with a by-the-seat-of-our-pants mentality that makes the details blurry and the moments of wonder transitory, but if you live as a believer in Jesus, you are a piece of a much bigger story. It’s a story that has all the elements of the ancient stories that hold our hearts–adventure, love and mystery.
Busyness is just one thing that keeps us from recognizing the beauty of our life’s story. Sometimes it’s a feeling of unworthiness or thinking nobody cares about our story. Occasionally feelings of shame or a desire to hide our past are reasons our stories get tucked away and locked up. Often, we simply don’t tell our amazing story because we’ve never done it before and wouldn’t know where to start.
Your story is worth telling, and it has the power to change lives.
Several years ago, an event coordinator asked me if I could use the communication skills I teach to speakers to teach women to share their God-story in their every day life. Shockingly, I had never even considered that possibility. As I thought through it, though, I realized what a genius idea she had! I loved teaching her receptive women, and we did a follow-up workshop that allowed them to implement and practice sharing with each other.
For the month of September, I’m going to do a series here about using the stories of God’s work in your life to share His power with others. I’ll include video of my story too, so you’ll have a visual of the principles. I hope it will be fun and help you feel more at ease sharing God with the people in your sphere of influence.
Is there anything that keeps you from sharing your story? Do you have any questions that you’d like for me to tackle in this series? I’m definitely not an expert, but I’m a resource junkie. If I don’t have an answer, I’ll hunt one down for you! 🙂