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Our next principle from Made to Stick is credible. The Heath brothers go into fascinating detail about what makes an idea credible, but I want to focus on one main way for Christian women to make our messages credible. I think authenticity and using personal stories make our messages credible.
I’ll use myself as an example this time. For years I didn’t share my testimony as part of my messages. I have what I jokingly call “My Boring Testimony”. Like some of you, I was a girl who was born into a Christian family, raised in the church and gave my heart to Jesus early in life. Because of His grace, I was saved from many of the visible pitfalls of living separated from God. So I didn’t tell my story. I didn’t tell it, because it didn’t seem dramatic enough. I also didn’t tell it, because I really do know that I’m not one iota different from anyone else who needs a Savior. That encompasses everybody, but I didn’t want to hurt my sisters in the room who have very different stories or make them feel that I did think I was better.
So I stayed silent on that issue (while talking about most others!) until God lit a fire under me to tell my story and surrounded me with people who kept telling me why it is important. That’s a different post for a different day, but I want touse my story to say that each of us has an important story. Each story has value and we become credible when we tell our own.
It’s fine to use stories from the internet or from a book you read, but there is no story that will give your message credibility like your own. So I’m telling mine in a new message called The Untying of a Straight-Laced Girl. How about you? What’s your story to tell?