But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. – Genesis 50:19-20
The one thing I have noticed about networking with writers is that most of them have gone through a hard experience in life. Stories I have heard include depression, abuse, loss of loved one, suffering with health issues, and more. Many of these stories come out through their writing … both fiction and nonfiction. It’s difficult for the writer not to put themselves in their writing. That’s part of their voice.
The experiences we journey through have a purpose. God allows us to suffer for a reason. It may be to teach us something, to draw us closer to him, or to strengthen us for upcoming events. One reason we all have is to share in our suffering and tell of the goodness of God. Our stories are God’s stories. These need to be shared to encourage others who are on a similar journey.
Your story may be the cup of cool water someone needs to take one more step. Don’t minimize your story thinking it’s not important or dramatic enough to help anyone. Everyone has a story. Share it and see what God will do with it.
Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for the story you have created in my life. I pray that I can share with others to encourage them to go on in faith. Amen
Faith Tip: Write down your story. It doesn’t have to be from birth through your whole life, but just a snippet of an event. Think of the possibilities of how God could use your story.