I’ve been working on a short series of mini videos about the power of our stories.
Story is everything! …Fast Company.
A good story has a beginning, a middle, and a conclusion which is connected to life application.
People are drawn into story. Story enables us to imagine and think visually. Positive stories encourage the heart.
Most of us are moved emotionally when we hear stories about acts of genuine kindness.
People who share how they came through their personal crisis in a positive way encourage our own thought processes. How Jesus brought them through their crisis, their point of need, or having their prayers answered…a hopeful thought forms…”If it happened for you, maybe the positive outcome can happen for me.”
Everyone who follows Jesus has stories. How we met Jesus. How we were provided for. How He strengthens us in our trials. How He changes us in a positive way. How He heals our hearts and our bodies. How he helps us raise our kids. Etc.
When we truly talk to people by listening to their story, we may be the one who has a fitting story of our own that may encourage their heart.
The next big step in the process of listening, and sharing our story, is to pray for the person and their situation. We can confidently invite The Holy Spirit to come upon them, and to meet their need bringing hope, peace, comfort, and healing.
Yesterday my neighbor shared her recent story.
During our casual conversation she mentioned her husband had passed away a couple of months ago. I listened, asked some questions, and gently replied by mentioning my father who died many years ago and how the grieving process takes time. I told her how three years after my father passed away I was sitting on my bed crying on his birthday. Pattie asked, “Why are you crying?” “I miss my dad.” I told my neighbor “I understand …just a little… of what you are going through.”
My neighbor replied, “Yes. Sometimes it’s a song I hear, or a memory floods my heart and moves me to tears.”
She then showed me her first-ever rose tattoo. All of her kids received a tattoo on the same day in remembrance. She’s 79 years old young. My story helped. She knew I understood, and cared enough to take the time to listen to her.
I’d encourage you to think about your life and the stories He has given to you. Maybe you could ask Jesus, “Thanks you for leading my life. Please remind me of the times you took care of me?”
Grab your notebook jot down your positive life giving memories.
The video is the first of a series.