7 Reasons Why Your Story Matters

Posted on September 25, 2020
 by Leslie Newman

Your Story Matters 

Your story matters.” I looked at that quote and said out loud to myself, “I’ve never really thought about it that way.” Then I paused and wondered, “Why is it so hard for me to believe that?”   

It’s a longing for a lot of us – a longing to do a thing that will change a life for the better, a thing that will leave behind something lasting. We want to know we’ve made a difference. 

But sometimes we feel as if our story is insignificant, unimportant, run-of-the-mill. 

Do you wonder if the ordinary, mundane, day-to-day parts of your life make a difference? Could the very hard parts of your story be keeping you from seeing the good your life can bring?

What if every story, even your story, was designed on purpose to be a part of something bigger?

7 Reasons Why Your Story Matters

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 NLT

Your story is part of God’s larger story. It’s a masterpiece, a story designed to lead you into the places He created for you.

There’s no way to imagine the infinite value of who you are. But here are seven reasons why your story matters.

You matter to God. 

God loved you so much He thought of you before the foundation of the world (Psalm 139:16, Ephesians 1:4). He created you the way you are because He wanted you to be who you are. The world will be a better place because of the life you live.

Your story is different than anyone else’s. 

Did you know? One popular assessment, The CliftonStrengths, determines your top five talent themes. The chance that another person has the same top five talents in any order is 1 in 275,000. But if you list these talent themes in order, things become even more astonishing. Your top five themes listed in order of their intensity are so unique that there’s only a one in 33.4 million chance that you will find another person who has those same top five strengths in the same order as you. 

You are unique and intricately designed, knit together in a way that is utterly amazing. Your life experiences (your stories), your values, your gifts, and your strengths add even more complexity to the beautiful tapestry of who you are. Only you can be you!

You help bring connection. 

God created us for connection. When you share yourself through a smile, a hug, a story about your day, you bring something special to those around you. Stories bring people together in a world that desperately needs deeper relationships. We know and become known through stories.

What if every story, even your story, was designed on purpose to be a part of something bigger? What if you are part of a much larger story? Here’s 7 reasons why your story matters!

We know and become known through stories.

Your story is a true story.

It’s a story of living and loving and persevering when things get hard. It’s moments of joy mingled with the pain of the things you can’t put into words. It’s redemption that comes in ways you never expected. There’s power and truth in the life you are living.

Your story touches others.

Your story means something to someone else. It’s a gift you can give that helps another person find the words for what she can’t speak. Your story is God’s design for you, but it’s woven into someone else’s story, too. Your story breathes hope.

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Your story is moving. 

You can be part of moving a person from where they are to where God wants them to be. Your voice can speak in many ways, sharing what you’ve lived, passing on strength and wisdom. Your story can help helps someone else take their next step because you will be there, one step ahead, holding out your hand and saying, “Yes, you can!” 

Your story is a part of God’s larger story. 

God created you with plans for your life that bring about something pivotal in His bigger picture. It takes courage to consider new possibilities about God, Who He is, and how your story aligns with His story, but it’s a journey worth taking! 

God created a masterpiece when He created you. Each storyline lived out from one sunrise to the next is the power of God working through you into the life of others. One life – your life – touches many. 

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10 comments on “7 Reasons Why Your Story Matters”

    1. You are welcome, Debbie! A little story from my life that your comment reminded me of. I was feeling quite unvalued and dismissed due to a circumstance I had experienced. A stranger sent a letter of encouragement to our address. In it was that passage of Matthew 10:29-31 that talks about the extent that God values us - even such that he knows the number of hairs on our head. He sent that for me at just the right moment, from a complete stranger, so I would know how immensely valued I am - and it reminded me of how much He values all of us. Just a tiny little story, but one that I will always remember!

  1. I love this! I've especially appreciated how story connects us. Our experience brings an empathy for others and an increased ability to serve. Thank you for sharing this!

  2. I think what touches me the most is how unique and wonderfully made we all are and how God can use our strengths and our weaknesses to touch the lives of others. And how God has orchestrated our story to go right along with His plans. I believe that hearing the stories of how God has worked things out in others lives, especially when they took a detour, ( which I have several times) and God still worked it all out. By hearing other stories it will also make us know who are God really is and how much He loves us. I know at times I wonder God why did you make me this way? And then I get my answer either from Scripture or another person God sends into my life and it/they let me know God made me this way for His purpose.

    1. Betty,
      Thank you for sharing this! It’s so true. We often can’t see the grand scheme of things and it’s so good when we get glimpses here and there of how God orchestrated our stories and helps us know how to carry out His purposes. Thank you for being here today and for such a thoughtful reply!

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