We All Tell A Story…Let’s Tell A Good One (@JamesPrescott77)

Tell your story

In recent years the power of story in our lives has become more and more clear. Many writers and speakers now discuss and examine the subject in more detail than ever before. And in the age of social media and blogging, our story is being recorded for posterity, in a way it has never been in history.

And I can’t help but think of Ecclesiastes. It’s a book which tells the story of a man’s life. The name given is Kohelth, but many believe it to be Solomon. Whoever it is, it’s a book which tells the story of a life, shares reflections and insights into the meaning and purpose of life, learned from their own journey.

All recorded for posterity, in the method of the day.

Like we do with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and all the other social media sites.When we participate in those spaces we are essentially telling our story.

We are leaving something behind, which when we are gone, people can look at and reflect on. And although Facebook statuses and Tweets aren’t long pieces of writing, put together as a whole, especially with the photographs, which you find on pretty much every social media site, you’ll find a story.

I have no idea if the internet will exist in a thousand years. Probably not in it’s current form. But with the technology we have now, there is no doubt we will be able to keep this information on record somewhere.

So what kind of story do we want to tell?

When we are gone, what legacy do we want to leave? And what kind of life to we want to live now?

I’ve noticed in my own life how the pressures of work, an active social life, church and all the other daily business of life can get in the way of us actually living a life of purpose and meaning. We can get so caught with the busy-ness of life, so busy just getting by, we forget to be intentional in our lives.

We forget the power of being intentional. And our story suffers as a result.

I meandered along this way for many years. Wanting desperately to be intentional but never deciding to do anything. But eventually I decided to be intentional, in particular in regards to writing.

I did a course. I began writing every day. I wrote a couple of books and gave them away free to blog readers. I got my blog redesigned. And I planned and wrote a full length book. In other words, I took action and invested in myself, very intentionally.

I soon found I was making a difference, getting positive (and some negative) responses to my work. I was improving as a writer, and I was discovering more about myself. I wasn’t anywhere near the most successful writer ever, but was helping a few people – and that made it all worth it.

And even though I’ve not achieved too much in the bigger scheme of things, I now feel like with the work I’ve done, I’ve left a legacy, however small. I’ve had an impact. My life has been for something. And I still have much of it to go.

Now I find myself being challenged to take this principle and apply it in other areas of my life.

Because we are all going to leave a story behind, a legacy for others to see. To be inspired by. And we will leave a legacy in the lives we impact. Social media is going to one of the main ways this story is seen in years to come.

So today let’s take a pause and think.

What kind of story are we telling with our lives?

Are we being intentional, or just letting life pass us by?

And what kind of story are we telling on social media, and in what we create?

The author of Ecclesiastes left a story for all of us to see, to be inspired, challenged and encouraged by. He left a positive legacy which has impacted millions.

We may not impact millions, but our stories will endure. Let’s make them good ones.

About James P

James Prescott (@JamesPrescott77) is a writer & creative living in Sutton, near London in the UK. He blogs regularly at www.jamesprescott.co.uk on issues concerning social media, gender and the divine journey of life. Follow him on Twitter at @JamesPrescott77