This is Day 9 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Challenge, as well as my own personal series, 31 Days to Telling Your Story. Find links to the other posts in this series here.
Today’s prompt is: INSPIRE
The fifth and final reason (for this series, anyway) I believe it’s important to share your story is because some people may be inspired to change in meaningful ways.
As with yesterday’s reason about bringing comfort, you and I have no idea how God will use the inspirational words in your testimony to impact others for good.
In the case of my memoir, I shared a personal story about holding onto bitterness in one particular relationship for years. As in, a decade of bitterness.
Though I knew the Lord wanted me to forgive and ask for forgiveness, I continued to put it off and put it off, until one day the Holy Spirit’s prompting became too strong for me to resist. I tell the story in my book about one day in college when I finally called the person I had treated so badly and asked for forgiveness.
I’ll admit, I debated for a long time whether I should include that portion in my book. I had a number of reasons why I should cut it out, but I prayed, “Lord, even if one person needs to read this story, make me keep these words in the book.”
I didn’t expect to ever learn whether or how God might use that particular chapter, but He generously allowed me to hear of one powerful testimony. One of my readers took the time to write to me and tell me how that particular chapter prompted her to reconcile with her mother after years of a strained relationship.
I got goosebumps when I read this person’s testimony. Only God could have done that.
Looking for inspirational words?
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Love Letters to Writers
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I love what you shared here. Recently I met a long ago high school friend for dinner. She told me something I said in her defense to someone who was treating her unkindly when we were teenagers. I had zero recollection of the incident, but it meant so much to her and she carried my words around with her for all these years. Wow, that made me think. This story did not come to mind when I wrote my post today, but your post inspired the memory.
Wow, that’s amazing, Joyce! What a blessing!
I’m sad to say the I also had a long season of bitterness. Clearly, the lesson wasn’t wasted on you, in that you heard back from God through one of your readers? That’s awesome.
I’m sorry to hear that you can relate, Suzette. Yes, it was a great blessing to hear the testimony about how God was at work. I pray He’ll do the same for you.
Totally bought the book before I even made it all the way through the blog post! ha ha
Oh yay! I hope it’s a great blessing to you, Tammy!