I talk about stories a lot — because they matter! Just the act of embracing and recording our stories can be healing. Our stories also might help someone else know how to walk through issues in their life. Sharing them with our families can create and preserve a family legacy.
Author and teacher Ray Buckley says in his book Dancing with Words “there is both physical and psychological healing associated with the telling of our personal stories. We seem to be able to offer and identify the positives in our stories and confront the conflicts. In the same sense, others who hear our stories and relate to our experiences cease to be ‘others’ and are pulled into community with us. It is through the act of sharing our stories that all are made aware that ‘I am not alone.’ ”
Our life stories are powerful when they are held up to the light of God’s Story. The challenges, victories, adventures, heartaches — every episode that has helped form who you are today holds a message that someone else may need to hear. When revisited, stories from our own lives also give us tools for reflection and even for personal healing.
Many of us write in a journal, but often the words we preserve there are nothing more than a record of events. In spilling your heart on the page you claim truths and lessons that can guide your future decisions.
Author and storyteller Daniel Taylor, in his helpful book Tell Me A Story, reminds us that we have the power to write a better story for our lives:
“Knowing and embracing healthy stories are crucial to living rightly and well. If your present story is broken or diseased, it can be made well. Or, if necessary, it can. e replaced by a story that has a plot worth living.”
You can download my free resource Our Stories Matter by clicking on the image below.
One Man’s Work
A few years ago, I gathered all the stories my dad had told us over the years about growing up during The Great Depression and about all the jobs he’d held in our hometown. Dad passed away in 2019, but his voice and his legacy live on through our little self-published book One Man’s Work. You can learn more about Dad and his stories and request a copy of his book HERE.