Saturday, July 5, 2008

Walking Blogs

“There was never yet an uninteresting life.
Such a thing is an impossibility.
Inside of the dullest exterior
there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy…”
Mark Twain


Do you know what power there is in your life story?

Powerful power.

When I started my devo ministry to eight drama girls just three or so years ago, I had no idea what God was doing. As the list has grown, I’ve learned an important lesson: It’s not about me. It’s about His story written through me. People love a good story.

So imagine my excitement this afternoon as I’m reading through a passage of Scripture in Acts. I did a little research and noticed a common theme throughout Paul’s ministry. His ministry was built upon telling his story.

He was arrested in Acts 21, and the first thing he asks to do is share his salvation testimony in front of the crowd. He then goes from trial to trial under various leaders and continues to tell Tell TELL his story. He preaches and teaches and shares under arrest all the way to Rome at the end of the book of Acts. He shared in prison, he shared with guards, he wrote letters to share with the believers.

Why? Because there’s powerful power in a person’s story.

I received a response from a reader of one of my devos a few weeks ago that truly ministered to me. My husband’s aunt shared something personal about how it touched her and how it applied to her. She shared her heart so beautifully that I responded back and told her that she needed to start a blog because she expressed herself so well. Her reply back to me has stuck with me ever since. She wrote, “I’m a walking blog.”

“I’m a walking blog.”

Wow, what a thought. Our very lives are unfolding in front of people as we speak and share our life stories with others. Do you know how cool that is? We’re all walking blogs (no I didn’t say ‘blobs’), and the story written all over us is contagious to others—good or not-so-good.

This challenges me to make my words matter. To remember that my actions count. To allow the Lord to live and breathe through me. If I don’t, my blog will most certainly be blubbering babble.

Are you sharing your story? What are people reading from you? Let’s continue to challenge one another and remember to make our dramas, comedies and tragedies count for the cost—His cost—the only one worth anything at all.

Psalm 145:3-7 (The Message)

 God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough. There are no boundaries to his greatness. Generation after generation stands in awe of your work; each one tells stories of your mighty acts. Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking; I compose songs on your wonders. Your marvelous doings are headline news; I could write a book full of the details of your greatness. The fame of your goodness spreads across the country; your righteousness is on everyone's lips.

6 friends shared a comment:

Laury said...

Oh my! Sign me up for one of the walking blogs! What a cool message today, Lalee. Thank you for the reminder to always be on guard and be ready to share my life's story with others!

You are a lovely walking blog, darling!

Joanne Sher said...

Excellent message my dear, from this walking (and screaming, I'm ashamed to say!) blog. I definitely needed this reminder today. Blessings!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

LauraLee:

I do feel that my life should be a walking reflection of the heart within. True living...spilled out for good or for ill. The closer I draw to Jesus, the more of him that spills forth. A fragrant offering sort of a thing.

I love Paul's story. I love your writing. I will be back to find out more about you and your "walking blog" as the days ahead. Thanks for the visit.

peace~elaine

The Surrendered Scribe said...

That sentence sticks with me too. it really is my heart's desire to make my words count for Him. Thanks for the reminder not to take this for granted.

Patty Wysong said...

This really touched a nerve, LaLee...Actions speak louder than words, and words are big...thanks, I needed this one!

Dee Yoder said...

As everyone else expressed so well, Laura, I have to be aware, too, of the walking blog my life represents. Thanks for an awesome message today!