We do not remember days, we remember moments. -Cesare Pavese
The Bible tells us to have an account ready for every man that ask you about the faith that is in you (1 Peter 3:15). The word of God usually touches on life changing philosophies, heaven, and sacrifice, so comparatively, telling your story seems like a trifle. Why does the word highlight this?
Your story can save a life.
The moments you remember in your story are often life changing- you were healed from cancer, you had a supernatural encounter, you found out why you were created, etc. These moments are pivotal points because they connected you with your Creator. Your story can touch the heart of a person who doesn’t believe in God- your story can open the door for the beginning of their story.
Stories are the foundation of communication. A person will remember an impactful anecdote before they remember a Bible verse. While the story of Jesus going to the cross and dying for our sins in the most important story, it means nothing to someone who doesn’t think it happened. No one can refute your story, it is something that happened to you. The listener can choose to believe it or believe your a liar. But they can’t argue with you. And anyone who questions God is likely to argue with you about anything from the Bible.
In the moment of someone asking us, “Why do you believe in God,” or “Why do you believe in Jesus,” we have a tendency to freeze like a baby deer caught in the headlights. There are thousands of reason we believe in him, which one do we choose? While our mind is rendering us a blank, this moment is crucial to the other person. It takes a lot of courage to ask that question, it makes them very vulnerable. When we look dumbfounded, the other person is let down and will probably think that we don’t have a reason, and we probably believe out of tradition.
It is very important to have practiced your story to some degree so that you have your answer ready for those who ask you (which you should be asked often). I suggest talking about it with a Christian friend and you can practice with each other. It should be concise (2 minute max) and flow like a plot line would. It will feel silly at first, but you will be thankful in the end.
Not sure where to start or what story to tell? Check out my Worthy of Love post to hear my story to get started!
Your story is powerful, have it in your back pocket.