How to Tell Your Story

Try and sing in the night, Christian, for that is one of the best arguments in the entire world in favor of your religion … I tell you, we may preach fifty thousand sermons to prove the gospel, but we will not prove it half as well as you will by singing in the night.
— Charles Spurgeon

When you let God into your life–no matter if He has cured a sickness in your body, saved you from yourself, encouraged you in the depths of despair, uplifted your face to see His grace, taught you more than you already knew, or delivered you from a situation where there was no escape–He wants you to tell your stories.

Seeing the change in you might make someone ask about the cause. Hearing your story might cause someone to think about Jesus. Reading your story might help someone understand how God can help them. Perhaps they might even attend a worship service or turn to God in prayer when they are made aware of your story.

A simply told Christian testimony can change the world. We have many historical examples (the Apostle Paul, for one), so why not add yours?

Where do you begin? Just write what God helps you recall and let the thoughts flow. Here are some examples that might get you started:

  • I was hopeless, but then …
  • I didn’t care who I hurt or which bridges I burned, but then …
  • I was strung out on drugs, heading for the grave, but then …

We all want to know how and why someone changed. But often, testimonies skip over the “but then.” We go from “I was lost” immediately to “I am found. I have peace. I’m assured of heaven.” Share what you have felt, done, and reacted to on the journey; these are the details others find very interesting.

Still need some help?

  • Read a testimony in the Bible to give you courage, for example: Silas the Missionary in Acts 15-18, 2 Corinthians 1:19, 1 Thessalonians 1:1, and 1 Peter 5:12.
  • Pray for the Spirit’s help.
  • Remember words that describe your life before you met Christ.
  • Most importantly, remember it’s all about Christ.

You didn’t save yourself, heal yourself, or become more like Jesus on your own effort. You can do this as your love letter back to God.

(As we explore how to Tell Your Story, each contributor will share a part of their God story with us. Here is Cindy’s Story.)

 

Today’s question:
What are you finding the most difficult part of writing your story?

 

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6 thoughts on “How to Tell Your Story”

  1. Answer to today’s question, I get stuck on what parts of my story to tell. There are so many life changing & life saving moments I have a hard time chhosing or consolidating it all.
    Thank you for the encouragement to go at it again.

    1. I’m sure you’ll be given the opportunity to share more than one, if you are willing. We want to help you begin to think about how to “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15) Check back Friday for more help on writing your story!

    2. This journey we are all on is a varied one, for sure, but there are some similar things we are all going through.

      Each of us, in our search for meaning in life, has a vast amount of experience to draw upon. Our Christian struggles and hardship, along with our achievements and blessings, teach us life’s lessons.

      Your experience, your strength, and the hope that endures are part of your unique story — and part of the reason why you should tell your stories.

      To share with others who you are as a child of God, what you are hopeful about, and how what you believe in putting it into action is passing on some very valuable personal history. Sharing it will pass on valuable lessons to others. Give it a try!

  2. I struggle with sharing circumstances that I was in due to my parents choices, when they haven’t forgiven themselves. I don’t want to dishonor them. I want to share how mighty our God is. Yet, that doesn’t seem to be what my parents hear when I try to share. Because of this, I feel limited on what amazing transformations I can share.

    1. I know exactly what you mean. I have to avoid certain stories (for now) or speak in generalities. We need to pray that God will show us how much to share, when to share it, and who to share it with. Sometimes details that aren’t appropriate to share with a large crowd can be shared one-on-one. I hope you find your voice.

    2. It is your experiences and observations of the life God has given you that make each of your stories unique.

      Your stories are a collection of values and recollections about your life covering just certain aspects or times or your entire life to date. Each one gives you a chance to show others how God has been working through the Holy Spirit with you along the journey.

      Instead of concentrating on your entire life, you might want to consider focusing on a particular time period or event. You have a powerful testimony to share.

      Your personal journey to faith in God can be especially rewarding to write and share. Your spiritual special life experience stories are often a life changing event and can be the basis of a powerful personal testimony.

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