The power of your story//

I recently had the privilege of sitting down with a few of our Men’s Ministry team to hear one of them share his testimony. His story was vivid, articulate and filled with emotion and wonder of how he came to know the Lord. It even brought a couple of us to tears after hearing it. In that moment we were all connected to one another through his story and as a result our relationship went to a deeper level and we are all closer and stronger because of it.Stories have the ability to spark our emotions. We each have an intuitive, emotional side as well as a deliberate, rational side to our character and storytelling inspires others in a way that appeals to both sides of our character. People also learn better through stories. Studies have shown that we are wired to remember stories much more than data, facts, and figures. However, when data and story are used together, audiences are moved both emotionally and intellectually which in turn creates behavioural change.

The power of a story cannot be underestimated. Jesus harnessed this power better than anyone, using stories and parables to get key messages across and help people understand the secrets to accessing the Kingdom of Heaven.

With this in mind, how are we using our stories to inspire others? I used to think that I had to have the perfect Gospel message to convince people that Jesus was the saviour of the world. Now, I simply look for an opportunity to share my story with them of how Jesus transformed my life.

You might think your story is insignificant and of no value, but I want to affirm you that your story has the power to save lives and help bring people to a knowledge of the risen Christ.

My challenge to you is to begin to practice sharing it. The more you share it, the clearer it becomes and the greater impact it will make.