Florence Littauer, Gerry Wakeland

Share a Story — Shape a Future (by Florence Littauer & Gerry Wakeland)

Don’t Die With the Story Still In You
by Florence Littauer and Gerry Wakeland

I had just settled into my seat when I heard the pastor say, “I see that Florence Littauer is with us this morning.” I was scheduled to speak for the women of the church later that evening and had slipped into the sanctuary for the Sunday morning service. As I started to stand acknowledging the introduction I heard him continue, “Let’s have her share our children’s sermon.” I was stunned. I had never given a children’s sermon before.

As I made my way to the front of the church I asked the Lord for a scripture and Ephesians4:29 popped into my mind. “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” (KJV) I was running out of time. This would have to do.

I gathered the children around me and began to teach. I spoke to the children about how our words needed to be kind and loving, building up those around us. As I finished one little girl stood up, turned to the congregation and said, “What she means is, our words should be like a little silver box with a bow on top.” I knew this message was a keeper.

I have shared the story of this message of “Silver Boxes” hundreds of times with thousands of people reminding them of the weight of our words. Often following my presentation someone will come to me and remark, “The words I say to my husband, to my children, to others, are not very nice. I need to do some things differently.” This message has changed lives, saved marriages and encouraged many a wayward young person.

We all have a story to share, a message to impart. Often it is a story that can reach deep into a broken heart to offer hope. Sometimes a story will point a person in the right direction or redirect their thinking.

Writers and speakers need encouragement as well. They need to hear that they are on the right path and that their words matter. My “Silver Box” story ends with a quote attributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes, “Don’t die with the music still in you.” We can change it slightly, and encourage you, “Don’t die with the story still in you.” Our stories can shape the future if we have the courage to share them.

Florence Littauer is the bestselling author of Silver Boxes, The Gift of Encouragement and over 30 other books. An internationally recognized speaker, she is the founder of the CLASSEMINARS and resides in Henderson, Nevada.

Photo/GerryWakelandGerry Wakeland is the President of CLASSEMINARS, Inc., a ministry that trains Christian communicators. She loves encouraging men and women to share the message God has given them. The mother of two grown daughters and grandmother of three active boys, Gerry lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Visit the CLASS website to learn more information about the 2012 Christian Writers Conference.

Come meet Gerry and the rest of the CLASS faculty there!

This article content is provided free of charge by the authors, sponsored by CLASSEMINARS through KCW Communications at kathy@kathycarltonwillis.com. All other standard copyrights apply.


What story do you have inside that you are just aching to share with the world? 


7 thoughts on “Share a Story — Shape a Future (by Florence Littauer & Gerry Wakeland)”

  1. I would like to invite all readers to join us at the CLASS Christian Writers Conference, October 31-November 4 at the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM. Beautiful setting, stellar instruction, lots of networking, and amazing God-planned fellowship. The early bird special price only lasts through May 1 so sign up today to reserve your spot. http://www.classeminars.org Then click on writing and writers conference.

    Don’t die with the story still in you. Come learn how to share the story He has given you with the world.

    Linda Gilden


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