Everyone has a story. You may not think you do, but you do! And no one can tell your story with the same impact and punch that you can.
Think of your favorite birthday party. If I asked you to describe it, your unique perspective would spice up the story – especially because you were so excited about it! Another guest might tell about the decorations and cake and the guests that attended, but when you tell the story about your all-time favorite birthday party – you will likely describe the fun and excitement of the day! Your story will evoke emotion as you tell it.
And it’s the same with the stories of your life. Okay, not the story of your entire life – but a story about what makes you, you.
My lifelong passion is to help others to understand that they are important. Each of us has unique gifts and talents. And this week, we lost a fellow sister. She didn’t know how important she was, or maybe she forgot. Or maybe discouragement hit her so hard that she thought there was no way out. But she had a story. A story that could help and encourage others on their journey.
Just like you (and I) have stories.
But…I have to be honest with you …
Telling your story will cost you something. It will cost you being vulnerable. It will cost you risking feeling naked before people you may not know well. Being uncomfortable.
Think back with me; we all have had times when those closest to us shared their stories – stories that touched us. That was the bonding moment in our relationship. They trusted us enough to be vulnerable, to be authentic, to be uncomfortable – so they could reach us in a deep place within our souls that needed to be prodded.
Have you been prodded? I have.
Last week, I was prodded by the Holy Spirit – to reach out more. I notice that I keep at arm’s length with sooooo many people. Admitting I needed to be more intentional, I wrote in my day planner two friends to “Bless” and two friends to “Reach out to.” And… I did it! And it felt great!
But that lasted one day. Grrrrrr. One very interesting fact about God is that He is patient. He doesn’t mind repeating lessons.
Now, I’m on repeat. And I am writing a column in every day of my planner titled “Bless” and “Reach Out.”
Under “Bless” someone – those are the personal connections – where I am daring to be vulnerable, real, available, listen intently.
Under “Reach Out” to someone – I might make a phone call, send a friendly text, encourage a neighbor, connect with someone I don’t know well or see often.
Now you’re probably wondering how this ties in. Life’s events are what makes our stories. Reaching out, touching others, being involved and invested in others’ lives, is our storyline. These encounters have immense value. Not only do they create our own personal stories as we involve others in our lives, they let others know that they are important – and that their story matters too.
You see, we all learn from each other. Sometimes, good. Sometimes, not so good.
Sometimes, if we’re quiet we can sense the direction of the Holy Spirit nudging us.
This happened the other day when I had formed a committee, in my head, to judge a lady that had arrived tardy to an event. Ignoring the committee, I welcomed her and helped her find her way. Afterwards, the committee in my head reconvened as I entertained a slew of negative thoughts, when suddenly a foreign thought popped into my mind, “You know what would be really nice? If you made her feel welcome. It’s difficult to step into an event late.” Oh boy, isn’t that true!? I wonder what her story was… (and fortunately since I wasn’t a jerk, I’ll have the opportunity to get to know her in the future!)
We all have a story. You do. I do. And when we share our stories we learn. We encourage. We are spurred on.
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There’s a great bible verse that I love, which I think gets overlooked too much. If we live it out, this verse has the power to change lives…
Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today… Hebrews 3:13
We cannot encourage enough. Too much. Too often.
Share your story. You have boundless value. Your life means something. It could save the life of another and/or change the course of another’s life.
Be a blessing today!!
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