Not too long ago, a good friend, Karen Jordan, and I taught a four-week writing workshop “Capture Your Story.” One week we talked about preserving our family stories for future generations, especially our spiritual stories.
We jotted down stories that we wanted to share with our families. Some memories that came to my mind included the premature birth of Jim’s and my oldest son. The doctor said that he would not live through the night, but God knew better. This son is now the father of three of our precious grandchildren.
And I’ll always remember getting out of a taxi when I visited a small church; I was about 20 years old and didn’t have a car. A middle-age couple “adopted” me and brought me to church every Sunday after that. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened in my life and legacy if they hadn’t cared about a stranger.
What stories to you want your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to know about you? What do you want them to know about your faith?
If you haven’t already begun capturing your family stories, you may want to consider starting today. It can be as simple as jotting some things in a spiral notebook on a regular basis. When a generation you’ll never know reads your words, they will thank you!
What is a story of how God worked in your life?
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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart.