A personal story is an effective way of connecting with others, often opening doors to intimate conversations. I often felt that I was missing out on something by not having a “come to Jesus” moment to tell others. Raised in church, I knew right from wrong. Though I didn’t always choose wisely, I never veered too far from the path. What’s encouraging about that?!
I found some pointers for writing a faith story…
Think about your life before your baptism. What was missing?
What did you do to feel fulfilled and accepted?
What led up to your decision to be baptized?
Was there a person, event, scripture that opened your heart?
How has your life changed?
How is God meeting your needs?
What is your relationship with God today?
And this tip from 1 Peter 3:15-16 “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
- See questions above… 🙂
- Who do you personally know who could benefit from hearing your story? How will you make opportunities to tell them?
- How can you share your story (or pieces of it) with others beyond your closest friends and family? When? Where?