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4 Steps To Telling Your Story

If you have been in the church for any amount at all, you have heard one of those good old churchy words that has been handed down from generation to generation.

You have used it, and may have given one or two.  You know the word:

Testimony.

What if we called testimony what it really is.  It’s a story, right?  Our story.  The story about our relationship with God, about what Jesus has done in our life.

How do we go about it?  What do we do?  Here are four steps to telling the story of what God has done in your life.

  1. Describe your struggles and victories.  Be honest about them.  Don’t try to hide your warts, but don’t glorify them either.  Tell about your victories, but don’t hang your hat on them.  Make them part of your story, but not the entire story.
  2. Don’t whine….or brag.  Don’t make your story a time to simply talk about how bad things have been about your life.  Don’t brag about everything you have done in your life either.  Just tell it like it is.
  3. Be humble.  Don’t let pride rule in your story.  Pride is one of the easiest to let creep into our lives.  It can easily become part of our story.  Remember where you’ve been and where you’re going.  Realize Who has done it all for you.
  4. Glorify God….not yourself.  It’s so easy to twist things so that you get the glory.  We like for the spotlight to fall on ourselves.  Make His name known, not your own.

You have a story to tell.  You can call it a testimony if you want.  Be honest in telling it.  Tell about how things really are.  Know the trajectory of your story.  Make sure that it really comes down to Who it’s all about.

What else would you add about telling your story?  What is your story?

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  1. December 2, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Good list Larry. Simple and concise…like most testimonies need to be. i did hear someone call it a testimonial. 🙂

    • December 3, 2013 at 5:50 am

      Testimonial sounds so….final. I believe it’s living and changes and morphs as we grow.

  2. robshep
    December 2, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I think you nailed it. Just get to Jesus as quickly as you can.

  3. December 3, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I think it’s really hard to have context while in the midst of the story. This is why I find it so important to take time to reflect and look backwards–which also helps you look forward too.

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