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!