Sunday, June 3, 2012

Your matters.

What's your story? If you are a living, breathing human, then you have one. Are you aware that just as God is the Author of life, that He is the Author of your story? He is in the business of writing each person's life to reveal something more about His divine story, A.K.A.: Himself. What an awesome thought!

This means that your story, the one with those heartaches and hopes that you'd maybe rather not talk about, reveals who you are to this world.

 Dr. Dan B. Allender says, in his book To Be Told, "Both your story and mine have unique characters, surprising plot twists, central themes, tension and suspense, and deep significance." 

As you contemplate your own story, God's desire is for you to join Him as co-author! Allender adds, "I am to keep writing [the story of my life] moving forward into the plot that God has woven soul." How do I do that?

I think this means we must live our lives with a discerning heart, ever aware that God is at work continually authoring our story, no matter what may be happening in our lives. It also means risking to tell our story to others. God desires for our stories to be told. As we tell our stories, the good, the bad and the ugly, we are transformed. And our story will be used to bring transformation to our listeners.

As you ponder your story, ask: Who am I? What about God am I most uniquely suited to reveal to others? How has the love and grace of God been shown in my life?

God, in His sovereignty, has see fit to intersect our stories with each other and ultimately with His story, the gospel. It is only in knowing our story and giving it away that we will discover the deepest meaning in our lives. 

Thoughts adapted from the book To Be Told, by Dr. Dan B. Allender, Ph.D.

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