It’s been hard for me to pick a word for 2016. I even printed off a worksheet to help me try and narrow it down to just one…

2016 is the year to tell more of my story. I don’t know exactly when, how, where, or to whom. I do know that I’ll be watching for God to show me that.

We all have a story, and it’s the stories that stay with us. Some people have big, dramatic stories. I’ve found inspiration and encouragement in many of those! Yet just because some of us have smaller, more ordinary stories, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t tell them.

My story may be one of the small ones, but God has still worked in big ways in my life.

“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comfort us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” – II Corinthians 1:3-4 HCSB

That’s what happens when we tell our stories. We share a piece of our life, and we let people see how much God has done for us. In telling our own stories, we are reminded anew, and perhaps even realize for the first time, just how much God has done for us. How much He has saved us from. How amazing that His grace really is.

Some chapters of our stories are harder to tell than others. I’ve got a few of those myself. Ironically, those are the ones where God’s grace shines through the brightest. That’s why telling our stories is important.

Have you picked “one word” for 2016? If so, I’d love to hear about it!