“Our present enjoyment of God’s grace
tends to be lessened
by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders.
But God is the God of our yesterdays,
and He allows the memory of them
to turn the past into a
ministry of spiritual growth for our future.”
(Oswald Chambers; emphasis mine)
I would add to that, “and a ministry for those who hear our stories.”
Your stories might be more important than you realize. They can help others know and experience that God, in his elaborate grace,
heals the brokenhearted,
proclaims freedom for captives,
releases prisoners from darkness,
comforts all who mourn,
provides for those who grieve,
bestows a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
gladness instead of mourning,
praise instead of despair,
for the display of His splendor.
Write your stories:
Tell others how God has done such things for you.
He can use your words to bless and encourage others.
Use your writing and your memoir
to honor God.
Offer them up to Him as a fragrant offering.