Change Your Life: Change and You Can Be New
Learn how to change your life through spiritual autobiography, or spiritual memoir. You can begin by sharing how life changes are part of your story. This page will help you share these important changes within your spiritual journal.
One of my big life changes became a big life changer for me. My first job, as an elementary school teacher, influenced my spiritual path in powerful ways. I remember how I loved my job as an elementary school teacher, but I was exhausted when I got home. I had an hour commute to work and my work day didn't end until 6pm when the after school program ended. I got back home to my parent’s house at 7pm, ate, graded some papers and got to bed to rest up for another busy day.
My life as a woman in her twenties was not very different from my life in my teens. Some things just hadn't changed. Some things that needed to change had become more problematic. I could see the need for change in my life, but I wasn't sure how to bring this change about. I wanted my life, and some parts of myself, to change in big ways. I was searching for a way to better balance in my life, but I couldn't find it. I needed a solution.
I saw the need for change in my life but I didn’t know where to begin. Fortunately I had someone to guide me toward needed change: a God who wanted me to find my way out of the place I was in. He was the constant in my life. He was the force behind my spiritual autobiography long before I even realized I had a story to tell.
The challenges in our lives can become the fuel for our stories. What seems to be pulling us down, properly managed, can become a gift that gives us and others hope. Spiritual autobiography is an opportunity for us to share our journeys (including the good, the bad and the ugly) so that others like us will find hope and encouragement. Don't be afraid of the force behind your spiritual autobiography. Light can be found in the darkness. Hope is often found where we least expect it. Change someone else’s life. Change your life. Tell your story.