By Don Zoller
Yes, you did it! You can write! Because God has helped you, you have succeeded. This is your “Hallelujah Moment.” But now, what are your going to do with it? You have choices. It depends on how you want to communicate your story. Here are three possible ways to consider. Of course, you may think of others.
As an Email Attachment
Perhaps the easiest and most immediately way to send your story is by an attachment to an email. You can address each email specifically assuring that it arrives in the hands of family members and loved ones of your choosing. Over time, you can easily include others to your mailing list. The attachment should be a pdf formatted file. This will protect the integrity of your work without too much concern that the text will not be altered once it leaves your hands. But there is a downside. Make sure the format of your email stands out (large and fancy fonts) so that it is not visually lost in the volume of electronic traffic that arrives daily on our computers.
As a Printed Booklet
If you decide that your story needs to be a booklet, be sure to set up your format size before you start to write—usually 5½” x 8½.” Other sizes are available. There are online helps that discuss margins and other publication requirements for your booklet. Your finished document, copied to a USB flash drive, can be printed by any FedEx Office Store. You can then distribute copies to your family and friends. A family gathering is always a good occasion to distribute
your book. Your book can be given to others as you meet them or be sent to them by mail. Always carry a few extra copies with you when you travel.
As a Companion to Your Will or Trust
Another option is to print your story on bonded textured paper and place it with your other important documents in your safe deposit box or personal safe. This will communicate to your survivors what you wrote has a high degree of importance. And, will, no doubt, be carefully read by all to whom it is addressed.
Your action today—Decide what way is the best to get your story into the hands of family members and loved ones. Remember, what you wrote is important. It is your God-story. The way you choose to send it should not lessen its importance. Until next time . . .
Blessings and Shalom
Psalm 78:3–4; 6–7
. . . things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. . .
that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments . . .
Don has recently joined the family at Trinity and is active in the 50+ Bible Study. He enjoys writing and has authored several books that provide spiritual encouragement and biblical insights. His son and daughter-in-law, Graham and Susan, are also members at Trinity.