Your Story Matters.
This was the subject of our last BYOB and B (Bring Your Own Bible and Beverage) event held last week. Goodness, we had a good time together! Laughter, fellowship with one another, food, new friends, and encouragement through God’s Word filled our evening. This evening is one, I believe, we’ll remember for a long time!
Our subject hit home for many of us. Sometimes we may believe our lives really don’t matter. We might fall into the thinking that we’re just taking up space on this planet, and that our lives are boring, mundane, purposeless. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
I shared at our event six reasons why our stories matter. I’m sharing them here today.
6 Reasons Why Your Story Matters
1) Your story matters because you matter.
God lovingly designed and created you. Luke 12:7 talks about how you are precious to God and how He knows you in every detail, down to the number of hairs on your head at this very moment. God intricately formed each of us, and because He did, you matter because you are God’s marvelous creation. You are not here by accident, nor are you a mistake. God, who loves you most, uniquely and marvelous formed you in your mother’s womb. And because you matter, your story matters.
2) Your story matters because God tells His story through it.
God’s story is one of love, redemption, and restoration. He created all things magnificently, and until sin entered, this world was perfect. So were God’s people. Sin caused a separation between God and man, and still does today. But, God’s plan of redeeming His people through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus, restores man’s relationship with Him. This is God’s love story.
God continues to tell His story through our stories.
Stories of His faithfulness, His provision, and His care. Stories of forgiveness, mercy, and grace. And, stories of hope, assurance, and eternal security. God’s story is the best story, therefore, and it’s an honor to be a part of it!
Take a moment to Psalm 139. You’ll read how God intricately formed us. Planned out in His book are the moments of our lives, before one came to be. Pay close attention to verse 16.
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.Psalm 139:16
This book that’s referenced in verse 16 in the original language is a document, a writing, or a scroll. In one instance it refers to something preserved for future use. What are often found in books, documents, writings, and scrolls? Stories! Contained in God’s book are the stories of our lives and He’s preserving them for the future. He’s writing the stories of your life and mine, and you know what? They are nothing short of amazing. Every person has a story, every story has an author, and our Author writes flawlessly.
Read the story of Rahab, the prostitute, in Joshua 2, 6:15-24 how God wrote her story to impact the lives of many. Isn’t it interesting to note Rahab is one of just five women listed in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1 (verse 5)?! If God can use Rahab, He can use you and me and our stories for good. And, He does!
3) Your story matters because stories are powerful, especially yours.
The temptation to compare our stories with another’s can happen easily. It might appear God is using someone else more, or another’s story could look more successful and a whole lot more fun. Or we could even entertain the thoughts that because another woman is more pretty, more skinny, has a more successful marriage, has a dream job, has life together (or so it appears), or has whatever we lack, her story is much more important than yours and mine. Your story is worth sharing because it’s your life. And that, my friend, is powerful.
4) Your story matters because it’s one of a kind.
Isn’t it interesting that no one has the same story as you?! Think about that for a moment. Your story is unique and unmatched. No one has the same experiences as you. No one has the same gifts and talents as you. And, no one has the same perspective as you. Your story is as unique as you are. Friend, no one else can share it like you.
5) Your story matters because as you share it, you’re blessed.
Something happens when we share our stories, or pieces of them, with others. As we do, we are reminded of God’s care and faithfulness. God encourages us in the process and spurs us on in what we’re going through right now. Sharing the hard parts of our stories also brings healing and hope to the hurting places. The once-present burden becomes replaced with God’s grace. As a result, we are blessed as we share our stories.
6) Your story matters because as you share it, others are blessed.
Have you ever experienced a difficult situation and later someone somewhere crosses your path who is experiencing something similar? You can relate to that person, and even quite possibly, encourage him/her because “you’ve been there.” God brings good from our stories. Even through our mistakes, our mishaps, and our messes, God uses our stories to bless others. Your story is amazing. It’s important. And, because it is, the world needs to know it.
The greatest pages of your story have yet to be written.
Friend, I believe the greatest days of your life are still ahead. Your story is God’s story and He’s writing an amazing piece that will impact the lives of others. Write your story down. Live it boldly. Share it with others and thank God today for it. Your story matters, my friend.
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