The Power Of Your Personal Story
I love a really great story. Whether it’s captured in a book, a movie or in a conversation, I want it to be full of heart and soul, gritty and gutsy so that it will challenge and inspire me. Personally, I want real, human characters in my books and movies, not cartoon characters or sci-fi creatures that I can’t personally relate to.
I am always amazed with how God shared His story with us – He didn’t shelter us from the flaws and failures of His human family. I love that He let us know Rahab was a prostitute, or that David, a man after His own heart was an adulterer and also a murderer. He didn’t just show us all the pretty chapters of humanity, but also mankind’s failings along with their victories and triumphs.
A producer’s job is to make a film or story polished and presentable – similar to what we often do (myself included), within our Instagram accounts. We display the “highlight reel” so that others will see the best parts of us. When it comes to our own personal story we have the ability to either produce a finished product, much like a producer would create a film, or we can be a curator - a keeper of and teller of truth.
However, our story ultimately is never just about us –It is a way of pointing people God, the divine Crafter of our stories - the One who loves us most and who loved us first.
‘For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.’ Ephesians 2:10 Voice
Today, allow me to encourage you to:
Honour your story
We tend to love a great story of triumph and victory as long as it isn’t ours. We may feel shame surrounding our story and it may be full of pain and disappointment but our story can also serve as a great opportunity to tell of His magnificent love and grace through it all. It can become a vital key to carry strength and courage for generations to come.
Own your story
Years ago I felt my heart awakened to personal truth at a time when I was dealing with some serious heart pain. The words of David in Psalm 51 resonated with the cry of my own heart. His words in verse 6 were a cry of invitation for God to ‘help me to know truth in my inner man’. Those words have framed a heart invitation to God for me - if there is unforgiveness, a root of shame or bitterness, judgement or sin lurking in my heart, I want to be the first to the truth and deal with the pain, before it has dominion over me and causes affliction on others.
Often we run from addressing and acknowledging these matters of the heart, and allow ourselves to make excuses. I want to explore my inner heart, and know why I do what I do, so that I can take personal responsibility and make the necessary changes toward writing a better and healthier story for my future.
Embrace your story
One of the best gifts of being 62 is being comfortable with who I am and no longer living in the tyranny of others opinions of me. I wish I had learned this sooner in my life, but around my 40th birthday I finally entered the land of freedom in this regard. Whatever age you are at right now, please give yourself the gift of freedom and grace concerning your history or where you are in life today.
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Brene Brown
Share your Story
We sense a true heart-connection with those we share our life and story with. In wisdom, cautiously share your story with the right people – those who you know will carry and cover you. Share from a position of truth and vulnerability and from a place where people will be able to see the power of God at work in your life. Always allow the beauty of God’s magnificent grace and boundless love to be the light that shines from your life – a testament to the praise of His glory.
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16 (Message)
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By Helen Burns
Helen Burns is so passionate about seeing women rise to become all that God has called them to be in whatever season and sphere of life they are currently in. She has been happily married to her high-school sweetheart, John for 42 years and loves being a Mom and 'Oma' to her family. She is a pastor at Relate Church and she travels extensively around the world speaking primarily on Relationships, Marriage and Family. She is also a Television host and has authored several books.