Finding Yourself in the Story

I grew up with a colorful cast of characters. My parents’ dinner parties often had x-diamond thieves, petty-criminals or TV evangelists on the guest-list. At different times, drug-addicts detoxed in our basement; expectant mothers took up residence in our guest bedroom; babies lived with us awaiting adoption.

I quickly learned that everyone has a story to tell.

And as I listened to story after story I discovered that no matter the label, the rap-sheet or zip-code someone has, given certain circumstances, I could have had a similar story.

From an early age my curiosity stirred. People—and their stories—fascinated me. And, I still revel in creating soulful spaces for others to share their lives, their thoughts, their experiences.

I trekked from Rome to Jerusalem interviewing over 100 strangers on their description of God. I savored hearing their insights about God, and ultimately their life stories. But as I was writing my book my editor kept telling me that I don’t have a story unless I tell my own.

As much as I have loved listening to others stories I’ve struggled with sharing my own.

When I was producing a TV show in the Amazon and my talent didn’t show, once again I found myself in the story. As I stared down a camera I was forced to face the question: Do I have a story worth telling?

Owning our story and loving ourselves through the process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” Brene Brown

So in part this blog is a practice, a practice to lovingly own my story.

However, my less-than-secret desire entails something else as well. It’s for you…that as you read my stories you’ll find yourself in your own story. Perhaps my posts will jog your memory or prompt you to see your story in a new way.

And I deeply believe that as we see more clearly our own stories we discover more of the One who is writing the greatest of all stories!

 “There is no deep knowing of God without a deep knowing of self, and no deep knowing of self without a deep knowing of God.” John Calvin (paraphrased)

So…As I share my adventures and thoughts…be warned…I won’t be able to resist asking you questions en route. And…I certainly look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Cheers to Finding Yourself in the Story!