People love a good story. It doesn’t matter the culture or education level—thus the reason we continue to be drawn to books, movies, and campfire gatherings; for those of us who live on mission, it is good to remember that we have a story to tell.
What is your story?
Your story is another way of saying your testimony. What brought you to this point in your life? What makes you different from the people around you?
For some of us, our story seems pretty bland, no huge Damascus Road experience or life of trials and woes we left behind. Others of us may have more of a Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde tale. The life you now live, the person you are is nothing like that of the past.
Be careful not to compare your story with others. We are all unique and different. We come from different backgrounds and life experiences. Your specific life story is just what will speak into the life of the person with whom the Lord leads you to share. Don’t question that or doubt it. Be willing to share from your point of view and from your experience.
The most important part of your story is the hero.
Who’s the hero of your story? Is it you or Jesus? Be honest. Think about how you share your testimony. What brings that change? What enables you to live with hope in a lost and broken world? Make sure that everything points to the WHO that’s not you.
Even if the chapter of your story today is about trial and suffering, Jesus is still the hero. Transparency in sharing in the midst of hurt or loss, shows those who are listening, reading, or watching your story that you are still leaning on Him, trusting in Him, and confident in Him. Your hero will come through for you in the end, even if you can’t see it now. That’s a great twist in the story that people need to understand and see first-hand.
Your story has an ending that is out of this world.
Whether you’re young or old, and even though chapters are still being written, there’s one thing your story has that another person’s doesn’t—an ending. You know where this is going, and your hero has it all worked out. Not only does he have it worked out, but it’s a fantastic final chapter!
As you share your story, elevate the role of your hero, and remind those who are listening that he can become their hero too. If asked, most people will admit that life isn’t working out too well under their control. We have something to offer them: A hero to take control and write the ending of their story at this very moment. As you share, keep the door open for them to welcome Jesus into their lives and change every chapter from here on out.
Our stories make a difference when we focus on the Hero.
Whether we have the chance to share from beginning to end or allow people to see or hear snippets of our story in day-to-day activity, let Jesus be the hero of your story day-in and day-out. When you do, others will seek him out as theirs as well.
Grace and Peace