Your Story Matters

Your Story Matters

I was told that no one would want to know or hear my story. My narrative or story seemed insignificant to others.

Perhaps someone will applaud your achievements, but they are quickly forgotten. On the contrary, people tend to remember the “sad and bad” stories that become unconsciously scripted into one’s life.

I want to emphasize that YOUR STORY MATTERS. It is significant to God, the Father. It tells the transformative power of the Holy Spirit at work within you. Your story mirrors the enduring love of Jesus Christ, which remains relevant to this day. Therefore, we should seek to redeem our stories for God’s glory.

When someone asserted that my story lacked excitement and would not interest anyone, I fell into this trap of deception for decades until my professor advised me, “Desmond, tell your story. Not for your audience, but for God. Let Jesus be glorified.” I was deeply moved and forever grateful to my professor. During times of hardship, he encouraged me to be resilient and persevere. As Leslie Leyland Fields asserts, “Your story is bigger than you know. From its tiniest details to its most dramatic events, your story is a sacred gift, worthy of attention.”

I recalled another hymn entitled “Blessed Assurance.”

(1) Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.1
(C) This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

Psalm 139:14 states “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Have you ever thought about sharing or telling your story? From my personal point of view, no one should despise your story; it is a part and parcel of your unique journey of knowing the Lord Jesus Christ. I always believe that “in each process, we will see someone progress. Therefore, in each progress, it is a success story.”

ROLC-ians, we are people of God who are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by the Creator. No one should be allowed to criticize or condemn our stories because they are special in the eyes of God. Personally, there is nothing inherently bad about any story. Even stories of human-made failures can be turned into triumphant stories for God’s namesake.

I believe that by telling or writing our stories, we shall once again witness the presence of God in our lives. We give thanks for His providence in this journey. While there may be some mysterious events, do not forget that “God still keeps watch over us.”

I trust that God can make an ordinary story told by ordinary children of God so that His name can be glorified all the time.

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