Pablo Picasso, the famous artist said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

I say, “The meaning of life is to find your story. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

Your story is your gift. In fact it is your goldmine.

Why is it then that if you have an important story that you are not reaching or impacting the people that need to hear it?

There are several foundational things we need to understand. There has been a huge paradigm shift and with everyone’s busy lifestyles we have lost the art of connecting with one another. We need to go back to the way our parents or grandparents, particularly in small communities, related to one another. They knew what it meant to care about one another.

This idea of shifting our way of thinking is nothing new. Let me take you back, more than 2,000 years, to a Biblical story referred to as the Feeding of the 5,000.

Jesus took a little boy’s lunch — 5 loaves and 2 fish — and multiplied it to feed 5,000 men plus women and children. After all were fed, there were 12 baskets of food left over.

The disciples, Jesus’ team, participated in this miracle but missed the bigger miracle. Jesus wanted them to understand that it wasn’t just about feeding the people for a day, but to shift their thinking to feeding them for a lifetime. They missed the bigger miracle because they didn’t embrace their story. Their hearts were hardened.

Shifting to the new paradigm begins with embracing your story.

There is a quote that says, “You cannot give what you do not have.”

If you are not willing to embrace your story and learn from the hurts, the rejection, and the fears, how can you help others with their fears?

It all begins with embracing your story.