“My story is important because, well … it’s mine!”
The story of our individual lives is profoundly personal. All that occurs between the date of birth and date of passing belongs to us. The good and bad, the minors and majors, ups and downs. The smiles, tears, hopes and fears all bear our initials. These are not copies. They’re originals.
They’re our stories.
Ah, but there is another story going on … one that started long before ours began and will continue long after ours is completed. It’s God’s story. And whether you’re aware of it or not, you’re in it!
Life works better when we not only know of God’s story but are participating in it, not accidentally but on purpose. Something wonderfully exciting takes place when we quit trying to write God into our personal stories and let Him weave us into his story.
When we add God to the script of our lives we usually do so only at broken moments, when life has turned hard for us. We scribble for him a ‘bit part’ where He comes in, fixes things and then exits stage left.
We miss so very much of what He really has to offer.
His script is breathtaking. It’s a saga stretching from eternity past to eternity future. It includes a cast of multitudes including heroes and chumps, abject failures and gleaming successes. We play alongside of some ‘of whom this world is not worthy.’ (Hebrews 11:38)
God’s story is not just worth the read, but truly worth the living. And that’s what we’re invited to do. If you’ve only known him as God the judge, God the rule-giver, God the care-giver … you’re going to be blown away to know him as God the director!
This week seek a part in the greatest story ever told. Quit trying to find a small part in your story for a really big God and let him stitch your story into his. Look for ways to follow his directions. Let him move you into scenes you could never have imagined let alone produced. Feel the thrill of adding your part to an epic whose reruns will last forever!
It’s God’s story, not just yours, that needs to be seen.
“No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving.
He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does,
the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.”
Ephesians 2:10 The Message
“Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do
far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—
infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”
Ephesians 3:20 TLB