What's Your Story?

What’s Your Story?

Everyone has their own story.  Does your story match the story that others tell about you?  There are infinite ways to tell the same story.  When you tell a story, do you tell what others want to hear or do you state what others should hear?

                     

                                           

Jesus’ story was a most unusual one.  Born of a virgin, he began his life in a manger, after which he was visited by three Kings within days of his birth.  He had to flee for his life shortly thereafter, and when he became of an age when he started to realize he was sent to earth by God, he became a marvelous teacher, miracle worker, and demonstrated the Word of God wherever he traveled.  He had meetings with the devil, the high priests, and also those with leprosy and blindness, those who were homeless, and those who doubted His story.  In the end, Jesus suffered a tortuous death so that we might have eternal life and a chance to tell our story.

Even though we feel as if we lead busy lives, our stories are pretty boring in comparison.  Sometimes we tell stories that are nothing more than that, just a story. However, we tell them so convincingly, they can seem real.  When we run into problems, or we’ve done things that in retrospect we wish we would not have done, we sometimes create stories to minimize the truth of our actions.  When the truth is later corroborated (and it most always is), we wonder why didn’t I just state the way it happened?  Why did I try to cover things up?  Did it seem like an easier path?  Robert Frost stated, “The best way out is always through.”  This is also reflected in Psalm 23, “…Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For thou art with me…”

The next time you’re tempted to tell a story, other than the story that should be told, remember that God is there and will get you through whatever the problem.  It’s most likely pretty small, even if it seems big to you at the time.  May your story in 2011 be one to celebrate and share.

Dear God, lead us in your path so our stories might reflect a life of good stewardship and faithfulness to Your Word.  Encourage us to reach out to others and listen to their stories.  We know everyone has their own story to share.  Help us make time to listen to other’s stories and to tell our stories so they reflect the truth of the matter.  Help us change other’s stories of fear, abuse, and hunger, to one of hope, love, and peacefulness.  We know you are always with us.  Help us not to forget that you will also provide guidance through our stories.  And that in the ultimate story of Life, you will be there in the final chapter.  We praise your name.  Amen.

~Wendy Saathoff~

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