We all have a story. It doesn’t matter whether your struggle was surviving the death of the parent as a young child or overcoming a fear of balloons. There is someone out there that needs to hear your story. How many times have you thought to yourself if I knew then what I know now or I wish I had someone to tell me that when I was their age? Why not allow that someone to be you? Everything that we encounter in life is all a part of a greater plan. God knew that you would make it through that tough moment in life and that your story would bless so many people. As a matter of fact, that seemingly unbearable chapter in your life is tied to your purpose here on earth. So, here are 10 simple ways to use your past to make a difference.
1. Start a Blog
Blogs are usually created by someone that has overcome something or learned some type of lesson and wants to share their experiences with the world. Setting up a blog is relatively easy and the startup costs are usually under $300 depending on how you decide to customize your site.
2. Mentor someone
This is a great way to make a difference in someone’s life. Whether it is a child or another adult, invest your time into another person to teach them what your past experiences have taught you. It’s extremely rewarding.
3. Serve in your ministry
If you are a divorcee or single mother, most churches have groups that cater to people with your similar background. Take the time to serve within your ministry and serve the people that are probably trying to make it through the same thing that you overcame five years ago. Your wisdom and encouragement are so valuable.
4. Volunteer in your community
This is another great way to make a difference because there are so many organizations out there that specialize in anything that you may have experience with. If you’ve been homeless before, there are soup kitchens. If you’ve been pregnant and alone, there are plenty of pro-life clinics and counseling groups that you can dedicate your time to.
5. Start a local support group
A local support group doesn’t have to be huge. If you have 4, 3, or even 2 people to speak life into, then you’re being a huge blessing.
6. Start a Facebook support group
In this day and age, Facebook groups are so valuable. I’ve joined quite a few. Start a group with a few people that share the same cause (for example, survivors of domestic abuse) and use that platform to encourage and make a difference in someone’s life.
7. Pass down lessons to your children
The power of passing down lessons to your children should never be overlooked. Even if you don’t have the time to mentor someone, start instilling the values that you’ve learned during your struggle in your children. Not only will they become great adults, there’s a chance that they could take up your cause and go on to make a difference in the lives of people with your similar background.
8. Encourage someone
This is super simple. If you see someone struggling on your job or on the street with something that you have dealt with in the past, use that moment to encourage them.
9. Write an amazing social media post
It never ceases to amaze me how influential social media can be. If you’re feeling inspired, write an amazing post on social media to encourage others with your victory story. Your story will resonate with someone—trust me.
Last but certainly not least, if you know that someone is going through something that you’ve already made it through, pray for them. Because you’ve been through it, you already know exactly what to pray for. Pray for those specific things that others wouldn’t know to pray for so that God can bless them through their tough time.
Pay it forward has become my mantra in life. God always gives us gifts so that we can bless others. Find the gift in your story and bless as many as you can. Trust me—someone needs to hear it.
What simple ways do you use your past experiences to try to make a difference?