Our Stories Are Powerful
by Rick Guilfoil, Founder/CEO LogixStreet
We have been hearing stories since we were very young. Many parents and grandparents read stories to babies and little children as they are growing up. Once we learn to read ourselves, we can read those stories ourselves. How many of you adults still like to read stories?
The stories I refer to above are often fictional. However, there are some incredibly compelling stories that are real life and true. There are some stories that share how God has changed someone’s life in a positive way. Some stories are centered around troubled times that God stayed close and helped someone through the difficult time. Other stories might be about answered prayer for a friend or family member. I hope you are getting the gist of what I am saying. We are surrounded by stories in our own congregations. These stories need to be told. But, how do you tell them?
First you have to be intentional. Telling stories can take time and talent to compile. They may be in the form of print or digital media. They can also be told through personal sharing. When I was a kid, open testimony services were more common than today. As a young kid I was exposed to some great stories that I still remember today. They had a profound impact on my life. I remember a gentleman in our church had a bad accident at work and was burned over a large part of his body. He told of the rehab that was incredibly painful. What got him through those times was just repeating “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.” What a simple way of tapping into the Father to help him through a difficult time. When I have difficult times I remember where my strength comes from. Jesus! And the impact of that story has stuck with me all of these years. My church believed in the power of story and so do I.
Sorry this blog has gotten a little longer than normal but please take away from this the fact that your church has stories of how God has worked in peoples lives. Tell these stories. Share them with your kids and youth. Believe me, they will internalize some of them and NEVER forget.