If you are reading this, God has given you an incredible blessing — life. The fact that you are alive right now is a tremendous blessing. And in general, the human race as a whole is fairly conscious of this fact. That is why we brush our teeth when we wake up (I hope), work out, get enough sleep, and generally take care of ourselves.
But in the craziness of day-to-day life, it's easy to lose sight of the forest through the trees — to get so involved in our present life that we lose sight of the past. We, as Christians, are living testimonies of the faithfulness of God. God is building a beautiful story through all the sweat and tears of life, the struggles and trials, the trifles and the joys.
Your story is important, so take it seriously. After all, it's not really your story — God wrote it. And don’t be afraid it's too small. As Jamie Simmerman masterfully wrote:
“If you’re afraid your life hasn’t been “big enough” to merit an autobiography, don’t worry. Your family will want to know about your personal history and relationships with others. They’ll also be interested in how you felt about events you’ve lived through, and the lessons you learned along the way.” — Jamie Simmerman
As you dig deeper into your own life, you will uncover many little details and faithfulness of God that you never noticed before. As life races on, it's so easy to forget these faith-building experiences. When depression strikes, you can open back up your life story and see that God has been faithful to His promises in the past and won’t forget you in the future.
We, as humans, forget so much. Studies have shown that we can forget as much as fifty percent of new information within an hour. This is not good enough. By the time you might eventually get to writing your story, you will have forgotten most of your life. You will forget your past sooner than you think, and with it, your story — forever to have sunk beneath the waves of forgetfulness, joining the masses of lost information, belonging only to God.
Start writing today. There is no time too late to start and no better time to start than now. If you think that writing an autobiography is really hard, you’d be right. It is hard. Very hard. A few tips can help you get started, but what you primarily need is commitment. But after all, “nothing worth doing is easy."
Tip #1 - A Diary
Start a diary. Write in your diary daily. This will help tremendously in your effort to record the daily goings-on of life. You may be puzzled about what to write in your diary, at first I was. I found it helpful to start with “dear diary” and then pour out my ideas, thoughts, emotions, and musings as if I was writing a letter to an intimate friend a long way off. As cliche as that sounds, it actually works.
Tip #2 - A “Memory Box”
This tip comes from Jurgen Wolff. He has been a professional writer for over 25 years and is now a writing coach. He recommends you make a “memory box,” it can be a physical box with a slot at the top for sliding index cards in, or it can be a folder on your computer. It doesn’t matter. Every time that something happens to you that you think is worth remembering, write it down — then and there.
Tip #3 - StoryWorth
If you have already lived most of your life, StoryWorth is the option I would recommend. StoryWorth is a program that sends you an email every week with a question about your life you’d never thought to ask yourself, you reply with a story, and then at the end of the year, StoryWorth packages all those stories into a book and sends it to you.