Today, we will start with the first aspect of your story: paper.
You have to start your story somewhere and you need paper or a blank document. Some folks like to write their story on computers (like I am currently) and other people will use good old-fashioned paper.
Your story begins with your desire to write and share your story. A story never shared is a life not known by others. You pick your audience and the most intense parts of your story that will be on display. You don't have to put your entire story out there for others to see. Why? Because it is your story. Because there are parts of your story that the entire world does not need to see. At some point, you have to let a few trusted people into your story because no one can navigate life alone.
Let's take a look at several foundational parts of your story......
Audience--This is those WHO will hear your story. How much will you share about your story? Why are you sharing these particular details about __________ (insert situation)? Give your agenda to God.
Platform--This is WHERE you are sharing your story. Should your story be shared in church as an example of resiliency or should it be shared in a smaller group setting? Social media is an important tool is telling your story. What platform will you use? Facebook is great for sharing stories with your friends, family, and audience. Twitter is excellent for marketing to a specific group of people in 140 characters or less.
Agenda--This is WHY you are sharing your story. Are you sharing your story to bring healing to others and glory to God? Are you trying to hope answers to your story by sharing it? If you are seeking validation in sharing your story, then be mindful where you are sharing it. Check with a trusted friend, spiritual mentor, or a counselor about why you are doing what you are doing.
Timing--This is WHEN you are sharing your story. If you are going to process through your story then you need to know the appropriate time to do so. What season are you at in life? If you are a very private person then timing is especially important to either going through your story on your own or sharing it with others.
Now that you have your paper (or computer) and have begun to write your story, please be open to following us on social media as we discuss the power of YOUR STORY. It may just change your life........and someone elses.