Posted by: DCox | January 3, 2009

Our Lives are Stories

path-of-lifePiggybacking on my last blog post…
Knowing my own story has been key to moving closer to the freedom that comes from living in ways that are congruent with who God created me to be. As we “own” the deepest things about ourselves — our desires, the things that bring us joy, our brokenness, and our glory — we find contentment, joy, and meaning. This freedom also requires that we also understand God’s true disposition toward us. He loves us, He let’s us make our own choices how we respond to that love, but He loves us.

  • Do you understand your own story?
  • In what ways do you bless others with your story?

If you want to get to know someone, you need to know their story. Their life is a story. It, too, has a past and a future. It, too, unfolds in a series of scenes over the course of time. Why is Grandfather so silent? Why does he drink too much? Well, let me tell you. There was a terrible battle in World War II, in the South Pacific, on an island called Okinawa. Tens of thousands of American men died or were wounded there; some of them were your grandfather’s best friends. He was there, too, and saw things he has never been able to forget.

“But in order to make you understand,” explained novelist Virginia Woolf, “to give you my life, I must tell you a story.”

I expect all of us, at one time or another, in an attempt to understand our lives or discover what we ought to do, have gone to someone else with our stories. This is not merely the province of psychotherapists and priests, but of any good friend. “Tell me what happened. Tell me your story, and I’ll try to help you make some sense of it.”

We humans share these lingering questions: “Who am I really? Why am I here? Where will I find life? What does God want of me?” The answers to these questions seem to come only when we know the rest of the story.

As Neo said in The Matrix Reloaded, “I just wish I knew what I am supposed to do.” If life is a story, what is the plot? What is your role to play? It would be good to know that, wouldn’t it? What is this all about? —from Ransomed Heart Daily Readings for 1/2/09

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