His Story in You Changes Lives


“The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.” — Revelation 19:10 (KJV)

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” — Matthew 22:39b

We have texts, tweets, instant messaging, Facebook and headline news. We can become friends with a “click” and like people with a “thumbs-up.” A story takes time, attention, and — wait — my phone just buzzed.

I recently gathered with church friends for a storytelling workshop where we learned how the story of God’s work in us can have an amazing impact on the lives of others. We learned that it is as simple as listening to their story, sharing our story where it intersects, introducing God’s story, and letting a new story begin to take hold in the person we are with. 

The overused caveats (such as, I’m not a preacher, I’m not trained and I can’t quote Scripture) do not apply. There is one catch, however. We have to believe that God’s story in us matters. We have to believe that He loves us and has shared in our deepest hurts and our greatest triumphs, and that this work of Jesus in us really is worth sharing.

Jesus sat down and listened to many, shared how the Father was at work in Him, and saw countless new stories begin. Sometimes, being Jesus to others is just that simple — caring enough to sit down and listen to someone’s story and trusting that He has a story to tell through us. 

Why not pray today, and every day, that God will give you one person to share His love with. 

Let’s go love our neighbors!

Our God hears,
Mark Petersen