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CRAFTING YOUR PERSONAL JESUS STORY

You have a great story! So, it’s time to tell it well! And when you do your friends and family may begin to consider God. When you tell the story of how God has healed you, filled you, transformed you, and blessed you, there are few who can dispute it.

Perhaps you think your story is not so dramatic. But that is okay. Actually, people today are interested by you just sharing something personal; something of great value to you.

It’s no mystery; well-crafted stories are interesting. So, do your best to craft yours well. After all, you will use it many times, for the rest of your life. And every time you share your My Miracle, you you give glory to God; without a doubt, God is pleased with that.

Super Easy Steps to Craft Your Story

A. Pray for the Spirit’s Help
God knows our story better than we do. He can help us tell it well.

B. Follow a 3 Step Format: Before, But Then, After:

  1. Before: What was your life like before Jesus? 

Did you have a problem (see below)? Add a few details describing it.

Problems:

  • Longing for acceptance
  • Wanting significance
  • No peace
  • Guilt
  • Fear of death
  • Boredom
  • Depression
  • Dissatisfaction with life
  • No meaning in life
  • Worry
  • Bad habits/addictions
  • Loneliness
  • Unhappiness
  • Purposelessness
  • Frustration
  • Emptiness
  • Hate
  • Selfishness

How did you try to patch your problem (see below)? How did your patch fail you?

Patches:

  • Work
  • Relationships
  • Grades
  • Possessions 
  • Money
  • Achievements
  • Control
  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Experiences
  • Avoidance
  • Fortune telling
  • Religion
  • Medication
  • Drinking
  • Eating
  • Romance/Sex
  • Rebellion
  • Anger
  • Apathy
  • Busy-ness

2. But then:  How did you first encounter Jesus? What was your first impression of Him? When did your attitude begin to change? Why did you say “yes” to Him?

3. After: What specifically changed in your mind, heart, life? How has He helped you?What does a relationship with Him mean to you now?

C. Add the Pieces

Get a notebook (digital or otherwise) and using the above guidelines write out your story. Make sure your word count is 550 words (plus or minus 10 words). Read it and smoothen the sentences a couple times. Then add a good hook (intro line) and conclusion (see below). It’s always good to have a friend or two read it and make suggestions.

D. Lastly, Evaluate Your Story with these Points:

1. Have an attention-hooking opening sentence (a question, quote, shocking statement…).
2. Honestly explain your problem or pain in a way that others can relate to.
3. Write as though you were talking with a friend, not giving a formal speech.
4. Tell specifically what Jesus has done for you.
5. Be positive but truthful, and avoid negative statements about people or groups.
6. Give only enough detail to add color and interest.
7. Avoid sharing more than one Bible verse.
8. No preaching!
9. End with a satisfying, logical conclusion

Looking pretty good? Word count around 550 words? Now you are ready to submit it!

 

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