Patrick and I at a recent book signing
My son Patrick and I recently spoke at a local book club meeting about our new book OPTIMISM FOR AUTISM. We were able to share our experiences of living with Patrick’s autism and writing our book. Before the meeting, we asked the Lord to use our story to offer hope and encouragement to others. That remains our constant prayer.
It never ceases to amaze me how the Lord brings people to these events (and across our paths in other ways) who have autism connections or other life struggles. Patrick and I find great joy in talking with and encouraging them, and they bless us in so many ways. We are being asked to speak and share our story with more and more people. What a blessing! (If you would like to meet us at an event, check our Speaking Schedule and Events pages at susanjaneking.com.)
Through all of our recent experiences, Patrick and I have learned:
We are meant to share our story.
Each of us has a story to tell. The Lord writes the details of our lives. In fact, we are told He is always at His work (John 5:17). He is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). We are called to share what He is doing in our lives, how He is revealing Himself, and what we are learning along the way.
Jesus emphasized this point when He told the healed demoniac, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” (Mark 5:19). The man had wanted to go with Jesus; instead, he obeyed and “So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed” (Mark 5:20). Our personal stories carry weight and authority. They are meant to be told to others and read by them. That’s why we are informed our lives are meant to be living epistles, known and read by all (2 Corinthians 3:2).
The Lord is in our story.
I realized a long time ago that the Lord is the main character in my life story. He writes the story. He IS the story. Jesus said, “Now this is eternal [and abundant] life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3). Real life is found in doing life with Jesus. We find real life when we make Him the focus of our life’s journey. Paul got it when he said, “to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21).
When Patrick and I realized the Lord authored and directed our lives, and when we decided to allow Him to write His story on our hearts and through our circumstances, that’s when the real living began! Our book chronicles that journey.
Our story should point others to Jesus.
Isaiah 43:7 tells us we were created for God’s glory. Colossians 1:27 says, “Christ in you, [is] the hope of glory.” I was amazed when I first discovered the meaning of the word “glory” in the New Testament. It means, “to manifest, give an estimation of.” In other words, we are here to point the way to Jesus, to show who Jesus is through our own lives, through our life stories.
In our book and at our speaking engagements, Patrick and I hope that others will hear the story of a Lord—our Lord and their Lord—who is faithful, loving, powerful, compassionate, wise, gracious, abundant, and full of hope. We want others to know about and remember Him after they finish the last page or hear the last word. He is worth remembering because He always remembers us.
Peter and John announced, “As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20, NIV). May we all have the same attitude as we each share our stories.
Question: What story is the Lord calling you to share? Comment at the link below.