I absolutely love to listen to people’s stories. There’s something so inspiring about delving beneath the surface of a person’s life. Many of these stories are written about the heroes of our day, or of those who have lived and died but changed the world, leaving a lasting legacy for future generations.
Their victories, their heroism, their adventures, are fascinating but can sometimes be hard to relate to. What impacts me the most is their struggles, doubts and fears. Now, that I can relate to! It is remarkable to think that ordinary people with ordinary lives can do extraordinary things.
The books I have read have been about the famous, world-changing ones. To some measure, these stories have helped shape who I am. They have given me hope, ideas, courage and broadened my perspective.
I’m a Mummy to three little ones so I don’t have a whole lot of time to read right now. However, I am still impacted by stories. These stories are the ones I come across almost daily; the Mom I start chatting to at the park whose husband works in Afganistan for half of every year; the woman who cares for her great-grandchildren; the elderly lady in the water aerobics class I have been teaching for five years who reminds me of the Queen.
These people have mundane even insignificant lives but they have remarkable stories.
This story-telling journey began ten years ago for me. I was visiting my family in England for Christmas. My Mum began to tell us stories of her childhood that I had never heard before and I was moved, I was changed. Mum uncovered a story that has had more impact on me than any of the heroes of our day. It’s the story of my grandmother, my Bedstemor, Anni McCrum. Like so many lives, hers would have been lost and forgotten. And yet somehow, because of that one story telling day, her life story can now be told for generations and read by many.
It wasn’t long after Bedstemor was finished that a new story was birthed. Another insignificant life but this one chosen for a remarkable and unenviable task. ‘Bedstemor’ and ‘I am Mary‘ are available on Amazon for anyone who cares to read them.
This blog is also to give an opportunity for those who have a story to share it so that we can be encouraged and inspired, not necessarily by world-changers but by the testimony of a God who loves, heals and redeems every life, big or small.
If you have a story that you would like to submit, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading!