Our lives are one big story filled with many smaller stories. This StrengthJourney will guide you through telling five stories about your life. Many times we underestimate the power of taking time to write about and reflect on our past experiences. We recommend setting aside 15-20 minutes for each story. Each module will take you through a proven process for finding growth.
The flow has five steps we’ll follow and looks like this…
Prompt – we’ll suggest something to write about.
Free Write – you’ll free write anything that comes to mind. Don’t hold back anything, it’s completely for your eyes only.
Shape Your Story– In the next part you’ll craft a paragraph or two that tells your story in a way you’d want to share it with your coach or someone else in your life.
Reflect– You’ll then take a few moments to answer some questions about what just took place.
Action – Sometimes reflection on a story will prompt some kind of action, if so, you’ll want to capture that and do it!
Ready to get started? Let’s Go!
Think back to some of the earliest memories that you have and all of the milestones that have lead you to this place in your life now. In this particular story, focus on how you came to know about Jesus and follow him. Share the events of your life leading up to that time and some of the places that relationship developed.
Free write, don’t worry about crafting beautiful sentences or any structure, just begin writing about the first things that come into your mind. In 5-10 minutes either stop, or keep going if words continue to flow.
When in doubt, just start writing.
Take 5-10 minutes sharing your story up to and how you came to follow Jesus (remember, only you’ll see this).
How are you feeling right now? Take a moment to pause. Sometimes when we think back we can stir up feelings of sadness and remorse. That’s ok and perfectly normal. Most people who have this experience find it passes soon.
Shape Your Story:
It’s time to shape your story into something you can share with your coach.
Leaning into all you have just written, spend 5-7 minutes writing your story in a narrative form. Remember we want to hear an introduction about your earliest memories in life leading up to your discovery of the Gospel and your relationship with Jesus.
Take a few minutes to answer the following questions.
- How do you feel right now?
- What, if anything, surprised you as you write your story?
- How did you see God show up in your story?
- Did you notice anything being difficult or challenging to write about?
Sometimes telling our stories makes us think of things we should do (like calling a loved one to tell them we love them or miss them).
You’ve completed your first story. We recommend completing only one story each day.