In the Bible study Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed, Beth Moore recommends:
“Name several people God has used to make the biggest investments on the servant you are becoming in Christ. Beside each name, write a phrase describing what you’ve received most from that person.”
Let’s do it!
“Now go back and draw a ‘+’ under each line to add it to the next. Then in the space under the last line, jot down several ways you are distinct from all of them. The sum total is a tiny glimpse of who you are.
“Your uniqueness as an earthen vessel of Christ in your generation will often result from having a couple of tablespoons of one person’s influence on you, a fourth of a cup of another’s, and a teaspoon of many….” (emphasis mine)
Wendy Welch passes on this wisdom she learned from Dan Keding:
“A personal story is not about you. It’s about all the people around you. If you are the hero of your own story, it’s not going to come out right, ring true, or be interesting enough to hold people’s attention.… Talk about what happened to other people first, and how you felt about that, what you did because of it.…
“[Dan] told us about growing up in Chicago with a Holocaust survivor friend named Stan. His story was about Stan, but when it was over, we all knew so much more about Dan.” (Me-me-me Memoirs; emphasis mine)
Think about this: Those people on your list did not just accidentally enter your life. God gave them a role to play in making you into the person you are today, and into the person you are becoming. Their story is part of your story.
Like Corrie Ten Boom said, “Every person [God] puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future that only he can see.”
Use today’s exercise (and review “Like a Sneak Attack”) to write your stories, thanking God for gifting you with those special individuals!
Pray, too, for God to use you and your memoir to serve as a holy tablespoon of influence—or even a fourth of a cup!—in your readers’ lives.
References and links:
Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed,
Wendy Welch, Me-me-me Memoirs,
Like a Sneak Attack,