MY STORY Week #1
We started a new series yesterday called “my story”. This is a four-week series that talks about stories. We each have stories in our lives that have affected and changed us. Each our important stories have developed who we are today. Our stories can be anything from a crisis, a victory, a funny adventure, forgiving someone, being hurt, finding God in a new way, an accident, and so on. These stories shape who we are. We all have stories.
I shared on Sunday morning my own life stories. I shared about being sick and I also shared about meeting my wife. I shared the key points in my life where God changed my life/heart. I told the story about one time when I was praying and God gave me a picture in my head of a glass vase. Three fourths of the vase was filled with dirty sewage water and the top one fourth was filled with crystal clear water to the rim. I felt like the Lord told me; “That’s your life right now. You ask Me to fill you up and I do but I can only fill you up as much as you have room. Make room for Me. Empty yourself up and I will fill you up.” As I spoke this story during our service on Sunday, we had one of our volunteers start to paint a picture of it.
We all have moments in our lives that become our greatest stories. We need to remember that we are not the author of our stories; we are just part of them. God has the bigger story in mind. He is the author and the developer of our faith. I’m blessed that we serve a God that has us part of the bigger plan but also cares about our personal stories.
Not only does He care about our stories but I believe the best stories are still coming. The best is truly yet to come. The best stories that God has written are still planned. God still has the best for those who seek Him. There is more.
I am in the mindset where I don’t just want to hear about stories and testimonies (by the way; I love hearing them), I also want to be part of story or testimony. I want to be part of what God wants to do. Moses talked about the Promise Land but Joshua got to live in the Promise Land. I want to live it. Not just talk about it. There is more.
What’s your story/stories? How has God challenged and changed you? We all have stories of being stretched and changed. Learn to share your stories. Your story will inspire another story. We are better together.
I love it that the word RESTORING is similar to the word STORY (not really linked tighter but just interesting). God is about restoring our lives and building the story. Every restoring step is another building story; just ask anyone who restores cars. There is always a story about the building (re-building) of the car. God is in the restoring business. You may feel old and tired; guess what..? God is in the restoring business. Some of the prettiest showroom cars are the rebuilt older ones. You may feel used and broken; prefect! God loves restoring broken things and making them new.
We all have a story. We are all either going through a storm or preparing to go through a storm (super positive..lol); but builds us up and gets us ready for another story.
When I was a teenager I was taught a simple way to reach your unchurched friends; here are the 3 simple steps for communicating
- Their Story
- Your Story
- HIS Story
Learn to listen to others stories; then learn to share your stories, and then Share HIS story then the rest is HISTORY! Lol
I wish was simple but is hard to be real at times. Its hard to share our personal story. What I have learned is people don’t want to hear how much they need JESUS they need to hear how much I NEED JESUS. They need to know my story and how I have been changed. You have a story to tell.
His Story makes HISTORY! His story is the good news. It’s the story worth telling. It’s truly the story of HISTORY.
Share your story with us. We would love to hear your story. You can email me your story at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During each Watermark service during this series we are showing a couple testimony/story videos of how people have been changed and challenged. It’s so great to hear how God works in different ways through people.
THEIR STORY, YOUR STORY, HIS STORY! What’s your story?
The REST OF THE STORY….
last night was our first week 1 night of BLUE prints. Blue prints is our 4 week process of getting new people connected into Watermark. Last night we had 2o people there. Great start to building our family at Watermark