Your story is important.
We each have a spiritual journey with God. No two stories are alike. Your story is unique. It is a part of who you are. It shaped you into who you are. It is your story.
All to often we have lived our story, but we have not reflected on it. We know the basics of what happened in our spiritual journey, but we haven’t made sense of it. We know our life, but we haven’t interpreted it.
Most of the Bible is actually stories of people’s journey with God. Often they are a individual’s spiritual journey with God. God and Abraham. God and Moses. God and Peter. God and Paul.
Other stories in the Bible are stories of groups of people and God. God and Israel. Jesus and His disciples. The Holy Spirit and the first church.
We each have a personal story with God. But we are also a part of a people, a tribe, a family that has a story.
In this project, you are going to take some time to reflect on your personal story with God. Of course there is no “right story.” There is just your story. And your story is important.
Part 1. Draw.
Get a blank sheet of paper and draw a horizontal line. Write “positive” above the line. Then below the line write, “negative.” This is timeline for your story.
Think about your life and the major events in your story with God. Use the paper to chart it out or represent it in some way.
Be sure to include both positive experiences and negative experiences that affected how you relate to God. You can put positive experiences or spiritual growth above the baseline and negatives experiences or spiritual decline below the line if you like.
If you are a follower of Jesus, draw some sort of symbol at the point in the story where you started following Jesus.
Of course you may not know a specific day in your story where that happened, but you may be able to mark the season when you began following Jesus.
If you have been baptized, draw some sort of water symbol at that point on your journey.
Part 2. Reflect.
Now that you have your story on the paper in front of you. Reflect on your story with Jesus.
What did your family, your church, or your tribe teach you about Jesus? Think carefully about this. What is usually most important here is not what they “taught,” but what you "caught." Go deeper than the words they taught you. Think about what their actions taught you. Think about what was celebrated and punished. What they modeled for you is likely more important than what they told you. The worldview and values they lived probably “taught” you more about Jesus than anything they said.
Part 3. Write.
Start a blog entry and write how your family, your church, or your tribe influenced your view of Jesus. How did you relate to God earlier in your life?
Next write out how you relate to God right now. How do you currently view Jesus or relate to Jesus right now?
After answer the question the first time with the obligatory “right answer,” let’s ask the question again.
How do you really relate to Jesus right now? Write out the real answer his time. This is not how you are supposed to relate to Jesus, but how do you really relate to Jesus.
Lastly, think about how you want to relate to Jesus in the future. This part of your story is unwritten for now. So you get to write first and then live it. You get to write your own "history" for your future.
How do you want to relate to Jesus in the next chapter of your life?
Once you write this, you have identified a direction for your life and you will have the opportunity to grow into it.
Post this writing section from part 3 to your blog by
Saturday, January 5, at 11:59 PM
Be sure to give the blog post an interesting title that is unique and invites the reader in. Remember this is not homework. This is a something you want people to read. So give your blog post an interesting title. “Project 1: My Story” is not an interesting title. Something more interesting is… “Follow the rules and God will be pleased with you” or “The great rescue.”
You do not need to restate the question. You do need to establish early on in your post what you are here to say. So jump right into something interesting.
Make sure your blog is setup to allow comments on your blog post, so you can get feedback from others in the group. The option on the wordpress screen is in "Page Settings" to the right of the post. Look for "More Options," then check the box for "Allow Comments."
Feedback on others’ projects is due by
Tuesday, January 8, at 11:59 PM
After you publish your project, your coach and fellow students will post their feedback to your project. This is one of the most important elements for growth in Enjoying Jesus.
Read how to give and receive feedback here:
Then go give feedback to each of the people in your group.
Your Reflection Summary is due by
Thursday, January 10, before your meeting at 7pm.
Every project should, after getting feedback, end with a Reflection Summary that honestly highlights what you’ve learned since you published it. If you were going to write the post again, what would you do differently?
This Reflection Summary should have your take on what you learned from the comments.
The Reflection Summary itself should be written at the bottom of your original post —just edit your original post. Write "Reflection Summary" then go for it.