Everybody’s got a story. We all came from somewhere and we’re all going somewhere. Everything in between is our story. Some stories are dramatic, some are comical; some are tragic while others are triumphant. But each of us has a story that we are telling with our lives, each day continuing or beginning a new chapter. Each of us will be remembered by the story we have woven. The question is what kind of story are you writing? When you stand before the Creator and Judge of the Universe, will you be pleased to have Him read from the pages of your life?
Make no mistake, every action and every thought, everything we do or fail to do, become part of our script. The way we write our character dictates many of the plot twists we will encounter. If we have carelessly defined the parameters of the world in which we dwell, then we will reap a careless harvest, unpredictable and troublesome to glean; if only we would abide by the model given to us by the Author of life. God has defined the pattern for the story we should be living. When we stray from the boundaries of that plan, we find ourselves desperately in need and hopelessly lost.
What kind of story are you writing with your life today? Are you recording words of hope and deeds of kindness? Or are you composing selfishness, greed and apathy? Do you find yourself more concerned with what others will think of you, focused on your station in life? Or are you humbling yourself to serve the needs of others regardless of the circumstance or approval of your peers? We are all called to live a life that glorifies God. Each of us bears the responsibility of proclaiming His truth to a dying world. We are His ambassadors, charged with demonstrating His love through our thoughts, words and deeds. Every interaction we have should be reflective of His beauty. Is this the story your life is telling?
Every second of every minute of every hour of every day, we are writing the story of our life. Each choice we make will either reflect God or reflect our own selfishness. To put it bluntly, every moment we are choosing to follow either Jesus or Satan. We don’t like to think of things in those terms; it’s far too uncomfortable and disturbingly black and white. Yet Jesus said we are either for Him or against Him (Luke 11:23). When we choose to pursue our own passions outside of His plan, we rebel against the One we profess to be our Lord. It is the same thing that Satan did so many years ago.
What kind of story are you writing? What the world does not need is one more self-absorbed novel written by a self-serving author. What the world does need are words of hope and encouragement. People are desperate for a love story and we have one that tops them all. Nothing satisfies like the love of Jesus; nothing heals like the blood of Christ. If we are not telling a story that presents the light of God to a people lost in darkness then we are wasting our time. Our story is meant to bring glory to the only One worthy of our praise. Our story must be written to teach His truth. Anything else is simply wasted words on the pages of our lives. What’s your story?