The Bible’s characters “may not have realized the privilege and certainly didn’t know the eternal impact they would make,” writes Priscilla Shirer in her Bible study, Jonah.
“How could they have known that their names would go down in God’s Word to encourage us millennia later?”
Realize the truth of what Priscilla says here:
“Like those holy heroes, you’ve got an outcome you can’t make out.…” and:
“The fog of your life’s journey will clog your spiritual sight.…”
(Let me interrupt Priscilla here. That fog she refers to—that’s a holy fog. It keeps us from navel-gazing and pride. By God’s grace, He dims our self-absorbed vision in a blessed fog!)
OK, back to Priscilla and this important point of today’s blog post:
“In future generations, your story will be the one that encourages someone else to follow hard after God.”
Read that again and believe it:
“In future generations,
your story will be the one
that encourages someone else
to follow hard after God.”
Priscilla’s insights here suggest two ideas for your memoir:
First, which Bible characters have impacted your life? Abraham? Moses? Ruth? Joseph? David? Esther? Peter?
What did they say that helped define your life’s choices?
What did they do that changed your life’s direction?
Include vignettes in your memoir illustrating why and how those Biblical characters have inspired you, influenced you, and shaped you into the person you are today.
Then do an about face. God has used other people’s stories to encourage you, teach you, admonish, and inspire, and now it’s your turn to pass on the blessings: Turn from the past and look toward the future.
Your stories are important.
“I’ve seen it happen.… A lost human being
feels like they’re the only one
who has ever felt this much pain.
They don’t know how to reach out for help
but then, inside of a story …
they see every emotion or secret
or hope-for happy ending
that they’ve ever kept bottled up inside, acted out,
and they start to believe—maybe there’s more.…”
(Martha Carr, Just Keep Writing)
Do you see your writing as a privilege?
Do you realize the impact your memoir can make?
“Have you ever considered,” Priscilla asks, “that just as the previous stories encourage us along the way, yours will encourage someone else?”
God can use your words to help readers experience God’s grace, cling to hope, remain strong in their faith, and delight in God’s love.
Write your stories!