When Jesus taught his followers, He often used parables or stories to illustrate His points. There’s something about the power of a story, isn’t there?
As humans, we are drawn to stories. They’re relational and we were created to be relational. We’re able to empathize with the characters and put ourselves in their shoes. Stories tug at our hearts and connect us as humans. That’s why pastors, journalists, teachers and writers often use stories.
Each of us has our own stories to tell. Things happen to us every day that we can learn from and use to teach others. It’s amazing what God can use to help us understand spiritual truths! As a writer and speaker, I always jot down little things that happen to me and usually find a way to use them as I teach. They include both the fun and frustrating things of life.
In addition to the little stories God uses to teach us, He uses our life stories as instruments to understand and tell His truths. He uses it all, the good, the bad and the ugly! We just have to look carefully and ask Him for wisdom. Sometimes it’s in hindsight where we can see that He was at work.
Your story is significant. Be brave and share it with the world.
Here are three women I love who share their story so well. I’m privileged to call the first two my friends.
- Allison Michels aka the 3 Mile Mom. She has a podcast called “Thoughts on a Walk.” I was a guest back in February. Her most recent episode is an update about her son, Mason, who has special needs. I love how she shares her journey as a special needs parent and creates community wherever she goes.
- Andra Good started Leigh’s Mission (formerly Leigh’s Blankies) after tragically losing her best friend to a car accident. This organization provides love and comfort to children throughout the world. Our family loves volunteering with Leigh’s Mission making blankies.
- Katherine Wolf of Hope Heals. I heard her speak at my church and read her book a few weeks after. I could not put it down. Katherine suffered a massive stroke at only 26 years old. She underwent multiple surgeries and has permanent physical challenges. She speaks nationally telling her story and sharing her faith. She and her family also run a camp for families with disabilities. She and her husband have a new book releasing February of 2020, which you can pre-order here. *Book links are affiliate links.
I’d love to hear from you: Who do you know that shares their story well?