But the subject is something that interests me, so here's a more personal and longer rambling version :-)
I read this morning a simple piece by Gordon MacDonald entitled
I find it sad that most people do not want to share their stories.
Sometimes people think their lives are boring and they have nothing significant to share but I doubt that this is actually the case especially if one is a Christian. I can't imagine how being a Christian can be boring especially since God is working in our lives daily, changing us into Christ's likeness.
I think our mindset and attitudes are being transformed (perhaps slowly but definitely surely!) and as we grow and learn, we see the world, our circumstances, our whole life in a new and wonderful way. We find new joy and learn valuable lessons (often unexpected) in things that may have once been thought mundane and insignificant. Even tough times are seen with "new eyes".
I think it is sad that we do not share more often these stories (big and small) because they have helped shaped who we are and who we are becoming. Many of us know the power of stories and the importance of good stories. Good Stories communicate, connect, encourage, opens doors, bless ... But more than that, a person's stories help me know the real person.
An interesting fact: 40% OF the Old Testament is in story form!
One reason why I blog is to remember and share my stories.... and while they may not be "earth shattering" stories, they are my stories about my life - what gives me joy, what saddens me, what confuses me, what teaches me, what frustrates me, what makes me stop to ponder ... My stories help me to better know who I am before God, what I am becoming or even in danger of becoming ...
Reflecting on my stories and that of others also helps keep me "real"...
Okay, enough rambling, here's the article ...