You are probably familiar with or at least have heard about the importance of storyboarding for people who write or create cartoons or movies. Did you know storyboarding your life can be a valuable exercise? Although written to the nation of Israel, the following verses (Jeremiah 6:16; 31:21a) let us know the value God places on our being aware of our lives’ journeys to enable us to see him in the midst – and to learn how to follow his leading in the future.
“Thus says the Lord:
Stand at the crossroads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way lies; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls.
But they said, “We will not walk in it.”
Set up road markers for yourself,
make yourself signposts;
consider well the highway,
the road by which you went.”
I took a college class to walk me through a simple way to storyboard my life using post-it notes. It has been one of the most valuable experiences I have had to date. Taping plain white paper together to form one foldable wide sheet, I was challenged to start jotting down life event memories – one per each post-it. We used different colored post-its: yellow for simple memories; blue for what might be considered pivotal events, and pink for sad or traumatic memories. We then arranged them on the sheet in “chapters,” using green post-its to jot down the length or meaning of that chapter. That process alone can be beneficial, but far more valuable to me was reviewing those various chapters, events and memories in light of a question: “Where was God?” Processing all these in light of that question helped me to see how God has used my life circumstances to 1) get my attention for correction, 2) show me gifts and talents, 3) others he has placed in my life to inspire me or give me direction, and 4) challenges to grow my faith.
Using a spiritual coach, I was encouraged to share my storyboard – my life story. The coach asked me helpful questions enabling me to see where God was in those experiences even more than I was able to see on my own. We have spiritual coaches available at FAITH. If you are interested, Pastor Jane would love to assist you in making that connection. – Judi Brandow, Communications Specialist