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What’s Your Story?

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“I will give praise to thee, O Lord, with my whole heart: I will relate all thy wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing to thy name, O thou most high.” – Psalm 9:2-3, Douay-Rheims

One powerful way to give thanks to God is to tell others about the wonderful things He’s done for you. You may be tempted to think you don’t have a story to tell because yours isn’t about being dramatically cured of an illness or surviving a horrible disaster.

Your story may be an ordinary event. Perhaps you went through a difficult divorce and God gave you the strength to keep going. Maybe you were dealing with a co-worker that was hostile toward you and God helped you through it.

If you’re not sure what your story is, make a list of hard moments in your life. Then ask yourself what God did. He may have changed your circumstances by transferring your hostile co-worker to another division. Or God may have changed you by using a tough situation to make you more patient and understanding of others.

Another place to look for your story is in moments of decision. When has your life come to a Crossroads? When have you prayed about a major decision and had all the pieces fall into place? Actually, I often find God’s blessings in my life by looking back at big decisions. At the time I may not have known exactly where God was leading, but looking back I can see the great things that God did because I trusted in Him.

Sometimes, you may look at a situation and think God’s done nothing for you. Rest assured that as a child of God, He is always working on your behalf. His response to your situation may not be evident at this moment but know that He is working all of your circumstances at for His glory and your good.

Whether your story is finished or still unfolding, you can still use the experience as a way to praise Him. Let the people around you know how God has worked or is working on your behalf. This is a great way to evangelize! You don’t have to try to convince anyone of the faith. Just share your stories of how God has touched your life and why you’re thankful that you have a relationship with Him!

Reflection Question: What is one story you can share with others about how grateful you are to God? Who might you share this story with?
God, help me to share the story of what You’ve done in my life. Give me the courage to speak up on Your behalf and praise You, even if my story is still unfinished.

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