Think about a person who made a positive impact on your life—a person who changed your life, whose life still ripples through yours today even if you live far apart, even if that person has died:
Perhaps even a stranger.
Or maybe a person from past generations:
What, specifically, did she do that influenced your life?
What words did he say that made all the difference?
What good example did she live which inspired you to live in the same way?
How did his choices give you courage to shape yours?
How different would your life be without that person’s involvement?
Memoirist Kathy Pooler reminded us recently: “Hindsight seems to bring about new clarity and wisdom,” so take time—make time—to seek clarity and wisdom to discern how God has intentionally brought special people into your life.
You might not have recognized, back then, the significance of his or her mark on your life, so dig deep into your memory to detect how God worked through those relationships and experiences to make you who you are today.
Notice the ways God has used those people to protect you, maybe redirect you, and strengthen your faith.
Start writing even before you have remembered everything, before you know where your story is going and how it will end.
Why? Because much more hides within your experience than you realize right now. Writing leads to discovery. Roger Housden says it this way:
“…[A]s much as we think we know about our story,
there is far more waiting to surprise us
when our own words hit the page.”
So, write your stories!
Write them not as a hobby but as a ministry to your family.
Writing your memoir
is a sacred work,
a high calling,
a divine project.
Your kids and grandkids and great-grands need to know about the people who invested in you and guided you—and probably even kept you from doing a few stupid things. Just think: Your stories could have a life-changing impact on your readers, passing the original blessings on to future generations.
“There are generations yet unborn
whose very lives will be shifted and shaped
by the moves you make
actions you take today….”