Carrying a Story Culture means that we fundamentally believe that miracles can be found in the mundane, the extraordinary in the ordinary. We should never underestimate just how powerful Jesus really is.
A simple yet genuine conversation with someone at the gym, the park or coffee shop could be just what that someone needed. Getting to know people in our leisure spaces and sharing our common interests with others is a practical, yet powerful way of creating stories. God wants to be in all areas of our lives and, if you look close enough, you’ll start to see the chances he creates for you to build upon.
SHARE YOUR GIFTS AND TALENTS WITH OTHERS
God has given each of us bespoke skills and insights. Don’t be afraid to share these with those in your leisure spaces. For example, if you discover that your friend is renovating their garden and you’re a bit of ‘green-thumb’, offer to help. Or what about if someone is about to have a baby and you’re bargain hunter? Find some online deals and send them the links â€¦ Or even buy them as a gift? From tech-knowledge to professional training with people, from natural talents to nurtured ones we all have something to bless others with.
As Peter says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.” (1 Peter 4:10-11)
TAKE INTEREST IN THE STAFF
Often in a leisure space, there are staff on hand to make your experience the best it can be and sometimes they can fade into the background in these kind of environments. Why not encourage and honour the staff that ‘make it happen’ and see how God will create opportunities for you to get to know them. Encourage them when you can and make them feel appreciated.
PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LEISURE SPACE
Ask God to give you a big heart for the people in your leisure space, pray for opportunities to create stories and don’t be surprised when He answers you with a “yes”. Develop a prayerful awareness that, at any moment, you can serve someone.
Go and create some stories in your leisure spaces and don’t forget to let us know how it went!