A number of years ago, Steve Hartman of CBS News hosted a feature called “Everybody Has a Story.” Based on a random dart toss into a map of the United States, Hartman would travel to a city, pick a name at random from a phonebook, and do a piece on that person. The concept behind it was that there is something interesting in the life of every person, a story that can affect those around them. His stories ranged from a four year old boy who remembered his dead grandmother by releasing balloons for her to a ninety-one year old woman who put her children through college by working in a school cafeteria and in retirement fed her friends and church members in her home. Hartman’s concept holds true: everybody has a story.
You have many stories. One of them has to do with how you came to be in worship today. It may be a story that spans decades or a story that began last week, but the story is uniquely yours. Nobody else can tell it quite the way you do.
I am a believer that stories need to be told. So find someone to share your story with. Invite someone to lunch today and share your stories. Find a friend who only knows you from work or from the gym or from school and tell your story to them. Let them in on a part of you that is clearly important enough to bring you here today. Tell them your story, and then see what happens.