Can Sharing Your Story Change Someone's Life?

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Are you one of the 4 million who have attended Financial Peace University? Have you kicked debt in the teeth and changed your family tree?

Maybe you’re on Baby Step 1 . . . or 2 . . . or 5. Your financial life is moving and shaking like never before. You’re less stressed. You’re more focused. You’ve got a plan!

Have you thought about sharing that plan with others?

Here’s the deal: Passing on our wisdom isn’t just a good idea. It’s actually our responsibility as Christians.

Does that make you squirmy? If so, you aren’t alone. Sharing our wisdom usually means sharing our story—and our mistakes. Yikes. Who enjoys that?

But if you can face the fear and lead a class, you can completely change the course of someone’s life.

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Did you catch that? You could transform someone else’s life. That’s huge! And who knows what might happen next? You might be the reason Joe cuts up his credit cards. Then Joe shares his story with Mary. Mary decides to start saving for her son’s college. Then her son avoids debt like the plague and the entire family legacy changes. Before you know it, this ripple effect could impact dozens—and maybe even hundreds—of people.

That’s a big deal!

And it’s possible.

You just need to be willing to share your story.

Still not convinced? Consider these three things.

1. It’s our responsibility to steward our story

Psalm 24:1 (KJV) tells us, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof.” That means everything in the whole world belongs to Him—including you and your story!

Just like we’re called to manage God’s blessings God’s way for God’s glory, we’ve got a responsibility to manage our story His way for His glory. Have you thought about that? When we start to view our lives through that lens, it only makes sense for us to share our story with others.

2. It’s about Jesus—not about us

The Bible makes it pretty clear that this life isn’t about us. We can’t see the forest for the trees—only God can.

That means we aren't the ones to decide if our story is important enough to share. “How could my story impact someone else’s life?” You might not be able to see how it will affect someone else, but God does. And since this life is about glorifying Him—who are we to tell Him no?

3. We’re all a work in progress

No one who signs up for Financial Peace University will be at the end of their financial journey. As long as we live, our story continues. We’ll continue to learn, grow and make mistakes until we graduate to heaven.

We’re all a work in progress—thank goodness! Remember that time Paul told us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that Jesus’ power is made perfect in our weakness? We don’t have to be perfect to love and help others. We just have to show up and let Jesus work through us.

What do you say? If you want to coordinate a class, we’re here to help. We’ll provide you with resources, guidance and support. And trust us—you won’t regret it. Who knows how many people you’ll impact with your story!  

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