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The Story of Your Life Message Series Homework

How To Give Your Own Story

Believe it or not, your story needs to be shared with others. Your story is a part of a bigger story, part of God’s story.  And your story, as we heard in the Gospel this week (Luke 3:22), begins with God’s love for you.
Step 1: Sit in Prayer - Even before you start thinking about who you’ll tell it to or what that entails, take some time silently reflecting how God has worked in and out of your life.
Here are a few questions to help sort your thoughts:

  1. What’s your earliest memory regarding God, religion or faith?
  2. What were you told about church and God growing up?
  3. When did God first reveal Himself to you?  What was going on in your life?
  4. What was life before you embraced your relationship with God?
  5. What is your life like now that you know God?
  6. What difference does God make in your life?
  7. Why should others get to know God?

Step 2: Write it Out - One of the reasons we don’t share our story is because we don’t know how to do that. Your story is personal and intimate, but it also needs to be shared. Like our faith, our story is personal but not private.  We are in community, called to help and be helped by one another. Writing out your story can help you understand it better and be more comfortable and share it more easily with others.  Again, God wants you to share your story with others. Here are some steps to help you construct your testimony.

Intro: Share with everyone your identity:
Name
School
Grade
A little background on family
What makes you, you?

Recognizing God: This is where you talk about faith, religion and God. 

PART 1: Before you knew God (or when you were a child), what did you believe? Share with your peers misconceptions and understandings you had about your faith.  Tell them how this perception caused problems, conflict, and frustration in your life.
PART 2: When did your perception of God change?  Share with your peers that moment, conversation, or experience that started to change the way you saw life and your relationship with Him.
How Life Has Changed: Now that God has worked in your life, relationship or situation, how have you grown?  How are you more at peace? Do you have a greater confidence in God and His willingness to be part of your life?  Sharing your story shows someone else how God works in and fills your life.  It doesn’t mean everything is perfect; it just means you see everything clearer.

Step 3: Practice It - Don’t be shocked if the first time you write and read your story it sounds funny, odd or even confusing.  Verbalizing your story is big and will require some shaping.  You need practice in understanding your story and in sharing that story.  Be sure to read it to a trusted friend or family member who knows you and the story.  They’ll help you figure out what rings true, what’s missing, and possibly what else needs to be approached. 

Once you’ve written something you are content with, start memorizing it.  Memorize your story, but not just to repeat it by rote. When you memorize, you become more comfortable with it.  When you memorize you take ownership and allow God to speak to you and through you.

 

THE STORY OF MY LIFE
Questions for Personal Reflection

Take a few minutes to answer the questions below. Before answering the questions ask the Holy Spirit to inspire, comfort and encourage you.

  1. Childhood
    My clearest memory is…
    One lesson I learned about life or myself was…
    About this stage of life I feel…
    What do you think God was doing in your life?
  1. Teenage Years
    My clearest memory is…
    One lesson I learned about life or myself was…
    About this stage of life I feel…
    What do you think God was doing in your life?
  1. College Years
    My clearest memory is…
    One lesson I learned about life or myself was…
    About this stage of life I feel…
    What do you think God was doing in your life?
  1. Post College Years (20’s)
    My clearest memory is…
    One lesson I learned about life or myself was…
    About this stage of life I feel…
    What do you think God was doing in your life?
  1. Adulthood (30’s, 40’s, 50’s)
    My clearest memory is…
    One lesson I learned about life or myself was…
    About this stage of life I feel…
    What do you think God was doing in your life?