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What’s your story?

We all have a story.  If you’re alive you have a story.  You may never have thought about it before but you have one.  You might even think your story is pretty boring but you’d be surprised.

A couple of years ago.  I was asked to speak at a woman’s retreat at our church.  They had been asking me for a couple of years and I always put them off saying I really didn’t have anything to say.  I couldn’t imagine doing a whole retreat.  I didn’t have that much information to impart.  I’m not a Bible-teacher, I’m not a scholar, I’m not a renowned speaker.  I agreed to pray about it and let them know.  Prior to that I realized that I enjoy doing training for my teachers at school.  I researched some fun ways to teach certain subjects to the teachers and I really enjoyed doing it.  And I got some feedback that it was a fun day of learning.  So, why was I able to do it?  I think it was because the subject matter was something I know about.  I work with children everyday and have worked with them for over 20 years and I know my craft.  As I was thinking about that, I thought about the women’s retreat and I thought about what I would say to the women.  My Pastor at the time was talking about how we all had a story to tell about our life and that we should share it with others.  Also, the marketers that I work with also talk about telling your story to your clientele so they get to know you.  And I thought that I could probably tell my story.  The story of my life, of my spiritual journey to know Jesus as my personal Savior and how that decision has impacted my life’s journey.

Well, long story short…I did it.  I spoke an entire weekend, Friday night, Saturday 3 sessions.  It was amazing!  I was able to tell about my life’s story and people genuinely listened and, I think, enjoyed it.

We all have a story to tell.  We just have to be inspired to tell it.  What I realized is that when you tell your story to others, you open yourself up to more intimacy with that person.  A connection happens.  You don’t have to tell all the details of your life and what you want to keep private you keep private.  But, allowing yourself to share with another person is liberating.  It has the power to change your life!  Really!  Don’t take my word for it, share your story with someone and watch what happens.

Give it a try!

 

Can’t we all get along?

So my daughter is a nerd, a really georgeous nerd, but still a nerd.  Now don’t be shocked!  Those are her words not mine.  Well, I put the georgeous part in but never mind that…  You can go to her blog and read about her adventures in New York City.  It’s called nerdinthecity.wordpress.com.  It’s fun to read and she’s a good writer so I invite you to check it out.

This is a picture of my daughter, Beth.

But on to the topic I want to discuss.  My daughter is always talking about how men who are nerds are intimidated by her.  Did I mention she’s georgeous and very outgoing?  Anyway, men that like the things she likes are very intimidated by her and it got me thinking about how we’re all just people with different interests but we get flustered when others are different from us.  Sometimes it’s not just flustered, it’s downright fearful, intimidated or frightened.  (Insert your own word.)  We tend to flock towards birds of the same feather and yet, they say opposites attract.  Go figure!  But my point is that we are all people, two arms, legs, eyes, ears, heads, shoulders, knees and toes.  Oops the Preschool teacher is coming out in me.  Back to my point.  My point is that we are all people, made in the image of God so rather than let our differences keep us from interacting with one another or becoming friendly, maybe we can try and let our differences draw us together to be able to learn something about one another.  To broaden our horizons, change our viewpoints, expand our vocabulary and oh, so much more.

So, next time you see someone who’s different try engaging them in conversation and learn a new thing or two.

Happy conversing!