Do you have a life motto? If so, please share it in the comments below, I would love to hear all about it!
My life motto is “Every number has a name, every name has a story, and every story is worthy of being shared”.
I love stories. The art of story has a way of making our brains come alive like few other things can. If you want to captivate an audience, just share a compelling story. More than that, God values stories!
Have you ever taken the time to think about why the Bible is made up of stories? Or why Jesus decided to teach through stories? God knows that’s how he created us, so he made sure that he communicated to his children in a way that we would be able to understand. What an amazing God he is!
More than just loving the art and form and structure of stories themselves, I believe that our personal stories are incredibly important. I don’t believe that any of us go through anything by accident but it’s all for our good, God’s glory, and the encouragement of others.
What is your story?
Where have you experienced victory?
What are you currently walking through?
Recently, I sat down with a dear friend of mine and we had an incredible and life-giving conversation. We talked about all kinds of stuff: our pasts, how we met Christ, our journeys of healing and growth, and even what we’re currently walking through. Our entire conversations were drenched in story and it was a truly beautiful time. We both left feeling encouraged and uplifted just because of the stories we had shared and heard.
When was the last time you shared your story with someone?
It’s so easy to think that our stories need to be finished and completed and tied up with a nice little bow before we’re able to share them with others, but that’s simply not the case. Lately, on social media, I’ve been sharing a lot of the ugly, in process stuff that I’ve been learning, which is completely uncomfortable for me. I honestly don’t like it one little bit.
But the response I’ve received has been incredible! People have thanked me for sharing the mess of my story and some have even had the courage to share where they’re at currently. This is incredible! I’m blown away any time anyone tells me that I’ve encouraged or inspired them. I think Who? Me? as I look around in awe, sure they’re talking to the wrong person.
I’m not saying this because I’m awesome or I have it all figured out but to encourage you. If I can break down my walls and share my story with others, you can too! It doesn’t have to be in some formal or official manner (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but can be through organic, everyday conversations.
I hope and pray that we’re each on the lookout this week for an opportunity to share our stories of the goodness of God, even in the messy parts of our lives, to encourage those around us.
Learn more about the importance of story in my devotional, My Story: A Study on Who we are in Christ now available on Amazon!