Hi everyone, David here.
Earlier this week Rob reflected on our story, who writes it and where we take our questions.
It’s so tempting to write our own script isn’t it? It’s also tempting to demand that we know the whole script beforehand. In Hebrews 12:2 Jesus is described as “the author and perfecter of our faith.” Jesus is not an author who is removed from the action however.
Life, for most of us, feels like a movie we’ve arrived to twenty minutes late. Sure, good things happen, sometimes beautiful things. But tragic things happen too. What does it mean? Here we are in the middle of a story that is sometimes wonderful, sometimes awful, and usually a confusing mixture of both. We really have no clue and about how to make sense of it all. We get despondent and start to lose heart. We need to know the rest of the story – the larger story.
Travers-Cascade Track in Nelson Lakes National Park
We were all born into the midst of a great story begun before the dawn of time. A story of adventure, of risk and loss, heroism and betrayal. A story where good is warring against evil, danger lurks around every corner, and glorious deeds wait to be done. Think of all those stories you’ve ever loved—there’s a reason they stirred your heart. They’ve been trying to tell you about the true Epic ever since you were young.
There is a larger story And you have a crucial role to play. So what is our response. Which story do we choose to live in? Mark Twain, the great writer reflected on the stories we live in.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
So here are some questions for you:
- What is your story? What are the defining moments (good and not so good)?
- Who are you giving permission to write your story? Why?
- What have been the limitations of writing your own story?
- Do you need to find a new author? Who?
- Recall the moments where you story has intersected with the greater story. What did this feel, look and sound like?
- You have been invited to a larger story. Have you accepted?
- What will you do next?
May you this week remember some of the fleeting images and memories that lead you to the larger story. May you remember that the mundane, the routine, and the usual all exist to lift our eyes and remind us that we are all caught up in something epic and exciting – the greatest story of all time. You are invited to this story and write your chapter. What will your story be?
Some content adapted for John Eldredge