As creatives we get wrapped up in telling people’s stories. Ever stop to think about your own?
What’s your backstory? Where did you come from?
This is important. It’s what defines you. It’s how you relate to others. It’s how others relate to you.
One of the first questions I ask folks when I meet them is where they grew up. I love to hear their story – why they do what they do. I also like to cross reference their journey with mine and see if they have ever intersected or if we have any common ground.
Don’t forget where you came from. I don’t.
I remember spending summer days in the mid 80′s in that small town in North Carolina at the church where my mom served as secretary (when they still called it “secretary”). It was the days when I had to kill time before t-ball practice. I’d manually cut out clip art (with real scissors) and lay out my own church bulletins. They were pretty awesome, too, if memory serves me right.
That was the beginning stages of God stirring my passion for church communication.
What is God’s story in your life?
We all have one, even if you think you don’t – straight A’s, growing up in church, and never in trouble is still a story. Maybe you were the kid who grew up on a farm but never wanted to put the video camera down. Maybe you went through school tuning out the teacher while you focused on your sketchbook. Maybe you felt like an outcast and your parents didn’t know what to do with you.
How long did it take you to get to where you’re sitting down and reading this post?
It’s good to be reminded. Why do you do what you do?