The Importance of Sharing our Stories

Sometimes we wonder if anyone is really paying any attention to our words; if there’s any value in getting them down. There are times Solomon’s words echo through my head, “Of the making of many books, there is no end.” And I wonder if it is a worthy effort to add my own volumes–whether bound with pages or online–to the multitudes still and coming into existence.

God had Moses write down his words to the Israelites. Jesus used stories to communicate God’s truth to his disciples and to the masses who followed Him. And when all was said and done, God gave us a book to remember what He’d done and to reveal Himself to we who live thousands of years later.

It’s true, if we got down to the most important words of all, we’d need nothing more than the Word of God. And yet, as a writer, I am still compelled to compile words of my own. Words that help me record what God has done. Words that help me share what he has done.

I’ve been collecting stories written by others that tell of God’s work in their lives for a project I’m working on. As I read through a couple of them I was struck by the similar message that came through their very different circumstances–a message that I needed to ponder. And I am drawn closer to Him by seeing the similarities of our experiences and the consistency of our understanding when we view those experiences through the filter of His truth.

“Come and hear, all you who fear God;
let me tell you what He has done for me.” Psalm 66:16

We so appreciate the opportunity to share our stories with you; we’d love to hear yours as well. To help facilitate that, we’re updating the 5 Minutes for Faith Blogroll.

If you have stories of your own that you share to encourage, challenge or inspire, and your blog that is updated at least once a week, submit a link to 5minutesforfaith@gmail.com for consideration.

Has reading someone’s story ever changed you?

2 Responses to The Importance of Sharing our Stories
  1. Barbie
    July 14, 2011 | 11:30 am

    I remember someone once said that my words, both verbally and on the internet, remain forever. We have an opportunity to only impact our friends and families and this generation, but generations to follow! What a blessing to write what the Lord has given to us to encourage others.

  2. Kimberly
    July 14, 2011 | 2:05 pm

    I love Psalm 66:16…it encourages me, as well, to share through writing all God has done/is doing in my life.

    I, too, have questioned whether or not I should add my own voluem to all of the many, many, many, many books out there. But then I stop and think how I would hate for the stories, the things He has whispered to me or done for me, to just die away with me. I want my daughters and their children and on and on to know of His faithfulness and tenderness in my life.

    Because you are so right…stories DO have the power to change us, to encourage us, to impact our lives. I know I my own life has been touched by the stories of others!