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At Southland, we value everyone’s story
We’d love to hear about any life change, turning point, next step or remarkable experience that points to Jesus working in your life. Whether it's your full life story or a small excerpt. You never know how your story might impact someone else's story. If you're not sure what you want to share, try answering one of these questions:
How did Jesus save you or give you a new life?
How did Jesus grow your faith the most?
How did Jesus help you through a struggle?
How did Jesus use you to make a difference?
How did Jesus restore a relationship that was broken?
How did Jesus provide when you had a need?
Need help with putting your story into words? Here is a simple step-by-step writing guide to help you.
What's the overall heart of your story?
Choose a turning point or defining moment in your life; a problem or struggle; a change of mind or heart; or a significant relationship. A single storyline or idea makes telling your story more manageable.
What’s the essential context for your story?
Tell us what life was like before your life change took place. What was the motivation for the change? This will help people understand and relate.
What happened and why?
This is the most important piece. Share how and why your choices, attitudes, and circumstances changed. What was that decision to change like for you? What were you feeling in that time of your life? Ultimately, your story is about God. So make it clear how Jesus helped you.
Describe your life today. What did God show you about yourself or Himself, and what is different today about you because of that?
Be conversational. Focus on expressing your thoughts and feelings, not on the words. Be specific. Use concrete situations, details, and emotions. Help people visualize. Be honest. Embrace the mess. Be sure not to exaggerate or sugarcoat. Be real, we are all a work in progress. God’s work in us is a continual process. Don’t feel the need to tie things up in a bow. Be simple, try not to get lost with specific details, tangents, backstories or people that aren’t really connected to your focus.