What’s Your Story: Why I’m a Believer

Whats your story?Tonight at Lifegroup (our church’s version of small groups) the discussion leader showed us a video which was intentionally cheesy and oversold the concept of an elevator speech, but effectively outlined a simple structure for any storytelling when you have a short amount of time available. Then the discussion leader asked us, using the same kind of structure, to share our story of how we came to  faith.

The elements were as follows:

1. State the problem.

2. Describe the solution.

The 90 second or two minute story should be succinct, compelling and irrefutable.

Here’s my story:

My name is Shanna. I grew up attending church, but not feeling the church within me. It seemed that people I observed at various churches fell in two different camps: judgmental and mean or zealous but hypocritical. I really didn’t want to be involved in either camp, so I concluded that I didn’t need anything to do with God and went my own way. I’m a very driven and ambitious person and was rushing headfirst into a pursuit of success, but without having fully defined what that was. After years of this, I was left feeling relentlessly discontent, and full of self loathing and anxiety. Two particular difficult times presented themselves over the last few years, convincing me that I couldn’t rely solely on myself and that God could give me strength where I was weak and broken. Since coming to that realization and allowing God to work in me and on me, I’ve experienced contentment and relief that I’ve not known before. I’m grateful for the experiences that pulled the proverbial rug out from under me so that I could see that He would catch me when I fall.

That’s it. What’s your story?

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