When you share your God stories, let the person be the trigger.
Let’s say I eat lunch with Dave, at work, every day, Monday through Friday. After ten years at work, we’ve talked about a lot of stuff: football, kids, the company, our boss, the economy, the government, our retirement….
One day, Dave confides in me: “My son went to that expensive university out East, remember? Well, we’ve tried to help him financially. We’ve stretched our finances quite a bit.
“Now, I think I told you, our refrigerator just quit. Of all things, last week, my wife’s car had a major engine problem. This is all a stress on our budget, with our second mortgage we put on the house.
“The pressure is causing issues between Marge and me. Our marriage has always been pretty good (for the most part). But this has us yelling at each other. I’m really scared. It’s awful. I wonder about our marriage…first time ever.”
Now, suppose among my God stories, I remember, just starting out. My wife and I were overcommitted, financially. Money was tight. It was a dark cloud, and it started to affect our relationship.
We weren’t attending church in those days, even though both of us grew up in churches. It got so bad, my wife suggested, “Maybe we should get back to church.” I knew it wouldn’t solve the finances issues, but maybe we could find some hope or peace, or strength…whatever. We did start back, and the first sermon we heard was about trusting God completely, even for money issues! Go figure! We continued going to that church. It didn’t make the bills go away, but honestly? It really helped. We both think God helped us.
Now, what if I shared that story with Dave? That, my friend, is a God story.