I am a story girl. I love to learn about the ways God has moved in other people’s lives. That often comes through story. In fact, one of the classes I’m taking right now has reinforced just how much of a story girl I am. In this class we have a standard textbook, but we also had to read a novel. In operations management? Yep, that was my reaction. But the novel made the concepts from the textbook come to life.
That happens when we share our stories.
In our stories, the movement of God comes into colored relief. In chapter ten of You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream, Holley Gerth shares several stories from ordinary people about how their crazy, God-sized dreams have come to life. As she says, “there’s no way to do your God-sized dream perfectly, but there are a million ways to do it well.”
I need to hear that. Maybe you do, too. And maybe you feel intimidated about sharing your story. Maybe your dream doesn’t seem big enough. Real enough. Don’t accept that lie. Somebody needs to hear your story of your faith journey.
So how do you share it? Here are a few tips.
1) Stop and look back. You can’t share what you don’t remember. That takes intentionality on your part. A determination to look back and see how God has moved through you. To remember the times you’ve partnered with Him to see a dream — no matter the size — come to life.
2) Celebrate those steps and milestones. Cultivate a lifestyle that readily celebrates what God has done. Not out of pride, but out of a heart that acknowledges you can do nothing without His help and empowerment.
3) Look for God’s daily interactions in your life. Journal them. Pray that God would open your eyes to see the ways He’s moving. As we do that it becomes so much easier to share your story. Because you realize it isn’t really your story. Instead it’s a testimony of God’s goodness and activity in your life — and it’s all to bring glory to Him.
Are you at a place where you have to do it afraid? How can you start today?