Your six-word story

by | Apr 15, 2016 | Most Popular | 67 comments

Some say it was Ernest Hemingway who first wrote the famous six-word novel: For sale: baby shoes, never worn. Whether it was the famous American author or not, the allure to compact an entire story into just six words has sweeping appeal. It’s sparked contests, books, websites, memes and countless high school writing assignments.

I have always been fascinated with six-word memoirs because they remind me of the power of words. I am a rambler. When I speak, I often choose quantity over quality and I have to work hard to pair my words down to only what is necessary. It’s a struggle I face every day as a writer and speaker.

Perhaps this is why I have such deep respect for the blind man in John 9. If you’ll remember, Jesus chose to heal a man who had been blind since birth, and the Pharisees became enraged because Jesus performed this miracle on the Sabbath. They interrogated the man about Jesus demanding that he tell them everything he knew about the miracle-worker. He didn’t know much. He couldn’t answer all of their questions. He didn’t have the elaborate explanations they sought. All he could do was tell them his story:

“I was blind, now I see” (John 9:25).

The simplicity of his six-word testimony should be encouragement for us all. Most of us don’t have all the answers when it comes to explaining God or sharing Christ with those around us. We have questions too. We’re still figuring it out ourselves. So sometimes, since we can’t explain everything, we don’t share anything. We keep our mouths shut because we’re worried that we’re unqualified or unprepared to witness.

But may I remind you, we all have a personal story to tell. If you have trusted Christ, you have a Before and you have an After, just like the blind man. And that’s where you should start.

There is nothing magical about putting it into exactly six words, but I do challenge you to see if you could write your testimony in ten words or less. Here are a few generic possibilities to spark your creativity:

  • I was lost, now I’m found.
  • Once an orphan, now I’m adopted.
  • Sentenced to die, now fully pardoned.

Do you think you can write your own testimony in under ten words? Share yours in the comments below and I’ll share mine as well. I can’t wait to read about how the Lord has impacted your life!

What is your six-word story?

67 Comments

  1. Tammy

    He caught me when I fell.

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    • Shelly

      Losing my eyesight, not my faith!

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    • Emily E. Ryan

      Love this!

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  2. Kimberly Rais

    Looking back, I recognize His plan.

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  3. Candee Brakefield

    Drowning in debt – Swimming in retirement!

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    • Andrea San Miguel

      Wow, that’s a good one!

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  4. PMGM

    Felt unwanted. Jesus showed His love for me.

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  5. Monique Smith

    *From rags to riches & back again

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  6. joyce dupree

    joyce dupree says: married 53 years – glory to God.

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  7. Lindsay Hagan

    Saved, Sealed, Delivered, Set apart Forever!

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  8. Debbie aka grannie

    My cup runneth over with Jesus

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  9. Andrea San Miguel

    Destitute. Unworthy. Jesus….Believed, Beloved Bride!

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  10. Cortney Yagodzinski

    Miracles don’t bring salvation, conviction does!

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  11. A

    I am alone but not lonely.

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  12. Teresa M. Jones

    I am greater than my past.

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    • Emily E. Ryan

      Love!

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      • Patsie Guel

        He died, I live, and you?

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  13. Emily E. Ryan

    Y’all, I am LOVING these simple messages of God’s work in your lives! They touch my heart! Keep ’em coming!

    Here is how I like to summarize my lengthy testimony:

    Played Scrabble with God and won.

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    • Anna Dorman

      I’m interested in hearing you unpack your six word testimony!

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      • Emily E. Ryan

        I’m hopeful that the Lord will allow me to share a bit of it in this upcoming Bible study! I love sharing my testimony!

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    • Laurie Powers

      Lost
      Abused
      Unloveable
      Redeemed
      Included
      Encourager

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  14. Neisha Teee

    My plans thwarted, His plans perfected!

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  15. Anna Dorman

    Unknown debtor, forever changed, beloved heir.

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    • Emily E. Ryan

      It sounds like there’s more to your story too!

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  16. Liz Crowell

    Rainbows of love,
    Ribbons of pain,
    Rescued by grace!

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    • Emily E. Ryan

      Beautiful!

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  17. Sandy

    Child abused, abandoned; Christ saved, healed

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    • Emily Ryan

      The first part of this one hurts my heart. So sorry. 🙁

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  18. Suzanne W

    Beauty from ashes, glory to God!

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  19. Jodi Edmonds

    Mike’s sister. Patrick’s wife. Their Mom.

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  20. Bonnie Burcham

    Even though I know, (insert: truth, scripture, etc.)
    the struggle is real!

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  21. Cathie Bailey

    He made me white as snow!

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  22. Caitlyn

    Surrender: the first step toward love.

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  23. Ann Secord

    All alone yet surrounded by people

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    • Emily Ryan

      I’ve been there! Hugs.

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  24. Jennifer Kane

    Once was broken, but now healing.

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    • Emily E. Ryan

      Congratulations Jennifer Kane – YOU ARE OUR WINNER! Please send your mailing address to emily (at) priorityministries (dot) com so I can give you your Nichole Nordeman CD!

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      • Jennifer Kane

        Thank you at much!!!!! I sent an email of my address.

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  25. Ann Styon

    Too hard.

    “Your precepts have given me life…”

    “I would have perished but God.”

    “From darkness into His marvelous light…”

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  26. Frankie

    Past is erased, Future is grace.

    The walking dead, Alive in Him.

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  27. Jennifer Pietsch

    I saw heartache, God made miracles.

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    • Emily Ryan

      Yes He did! 🙂

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  28. Debra Bryson

    Recognized, Rescued, Redeemed
    Flawed, Forgiven, Faithful

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  29. Wendy

    Be still and hold on! God will take you there!

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  30. Margie Jones

    Hardest thing I ever did … stayed.

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  31. Katie Cole

    Freely loved. Freed to be me.

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  32. Jenean

    Broken preachers daughter renewed by Grace!!!

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  33. KG

    My Savior rescued me from myself.

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  34. Stephanie Mcdaniels

    Addicted to lustful heartache, now overwhelmed by His uncondional love.

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  35. Sharon Rigsby

    Sang a song. Now do missions.

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    • Emily Ryan

      This made me smile! 🙂

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  36. Rose

    Invisible > valuable. Victories > defeats. Savior’s presence ENOUGH!

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  37. Athena

    My broken heart. God reversed it.

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    • Emily Ryan

      “God reversed it.” I love that!

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  38. Debra

    Alone, Afraid, Unknown…
    Darkness to Light…
    Perfect Love & Truth…
    (John 8:32, 17:17)

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  39. Kim Woitena

    Running…Chosen
    Broken…Restored
    Unsure…Truth

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  40. Nadine

    Once fearful, now hero in training.

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  41. Linda Duke

    He was there all the time!

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    • Emily Ryan

      I love this one!

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  42. Natalie

    I trusted Him; His faithfulness endures.

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  43. Christine Douglas-Bull

    Heart broken…
    But God
    Mended heart!

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  44. Debbie Norred

    Hopeless and ashamed, Redeemed by LOVE!

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  45. Janie Southard

    Unloved and abandoned; now God’s treasure.

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  46. Kaye Kubeczka

    Lost, Down,and Out… Until Him!

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  47. Melissa Igo

    Set free to live for Him

    Reply

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