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31 Days: Story


I've chosen to do Five Minutes Free Writes as my 31 Days project but with a twist. I'm going to do a post on positivity using that word. I will tell you why on Day 4 when the word is why. Stay turned.

My church is highlighting a different member every month is the Sunday bulletin. It's a way for the members to find out more about each other and also for the students who join us from the nearby college campus to learn more about the church and who might serve as mentors to them. I was asked to tell my story on a recent Sunday. Have you ever written a bio of yourself? You'd think it would be easy but it's not. Am I serious or funny? How many details do I give? I worked on it for awhile and found myself  tempted to list the ways I fall short - the plans I haven't carried out, the goals I haven't achieved. I was listing all of the things I wasn't instead of telling the story of who I am.

This is what I came up with: Andrea was born and raised in Tulsa. She has been an editor for 11 years and in her spare time she watches way too much television when she should be reading this month's book club choice. Her dreams is to travel the globe and to live in Paris of a year. She counts joining University Methodist as one of the best decisions she ever made. 

The best part of my story was a couple of sentences that listed my contributions to the church, lovingly added by the office administrator and maybe even some kind words thrown in by the pastor. In those extra words, I was shown how not only does the church play a role in my story, but I am part of its story as well. Those added sentences let me know I was having a positive impact on my church, by doing something as simple as proofing the bulletin each week and organizing the monthly book club.  The smile on my face when I read those words may have given the church's stained glass windows some competition that Sunday.

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