The Power of Story

Everyone has a story.

Have you ever experienced something so hilarious, painful, or thoughtful, it was worth retelling?

We each have a personal story to share, an account to bring to the collective table. Maybe your story can serve as a warning to others or perhaps to encourage those around you. The truth to remember is we each have something to share. God has a great plan and purpose for each of us, and we need to be sharing it.

Each of our stories matter.

When we use our hardships, our trials, our perseverance to help one another God is glorified. We see this played out with the story of Joseph found in the book of Genesis. His brothers sold him into slavery and he ends up in prison on false charges. Joseph is eventually released from jail and serves as Pharaoh's right hand man. When he was finally reunited with his traitorous brothers he says the most amazing thing to them: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20)

God used Joseph’s seemingly tragic story for good: the saving of a nation. Here’s the crazy thing, God wants to do the same with our personal stories. He can use our lives and experiences to redeem those around us.

Use your story to start a conversation.

It’s not enough to have a great experience and keep it to yourself. The power of your story comes in the sharing of it. Your story can be the starting point to someone’s spiritual journey. But let’s be honest, we all know starting spiritual conversations can be daunting. If you’re like me sometimes you just don’t even know where to begin. That is exactly why Intersect was created. It’s an easy-to-use film resource designed to help you start these conversations with your friends, co-workers, classmates, family members. Each short film in this series uses the power of a personal story to prompt a conversation on how we fit into God’s greater story.

So go ahead and gather some of your friends at the coffee shop or in your living room, pop this DVD in and discuss. Invite that co-worker who’s been asking you questions about your faith over for dinner and show them one of the short films and get the conversation started.

You might just be pleasantly surprised to discover that your stories, different as they may be, are pointing you in the same direction.

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Genie Uribe, originally from Miami, Fl., is the worship director of Awaken Movement UK. She loves her husband, David, and serving the church. She also drinks way too many lattes. You can find her pretty much anywhere on social media: @genieism