As we journey through life we experience many different trials and triumphs that shape us. In this third story, we want to capture a story of trial and triumph from your life that you felt was perhaps pivotal in shaping who you are today.
Thinking back on your life, you’ve probably experienced many highs and lows, you may be in one of those moments even now.
When did you know you were in that moment? Who was with you, or were you all alone? At what point were you able to learn from the experience and how did it shape you?
Sometimes a trial and a triumph can be two moments in time of the same story, and other times they are separate stories. We’d like you to think about one of each.
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 free writing anything related to being in a high point or low point in your life (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 as much as possible about your experience about your calling and how it changed the direction of your life.
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?
- How has your sense of calling changed, if at all from when you first received it?
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).