A story is the Language of Mankind. Across all cultures worldwide, the story has always been and is still the #1 way to communicate.
It’s amazing how many hours we spend, from Nepal to New York, reading books, watching movies, listening to someone tell about something that happened to them or telling a story of something that happened to us.
Stories capture the attention of people.
As a preacher and a lifelong church-goer, I can be releasing the greatest revelation I’ve ever discovered in the Bible or listening to a great orator with amazing understanding, but the moment a story starts to be told, every nodding head lifts and drooping eyes awaken.
People start to listen.
For that brief moment when we are all listening to a story, we are in the same place, experiencing the same thing. In that way, stories bring unity. All mankind feels alone in their own skin until they are a part of something with others.
Stories bring us together.
They are a marvelous, deep, and beautiful part of being human. It’s innate.
I believe we love stories because we are made in the image of the Greatest storyteller (Psalms 139:16). We are all mini-creators, and when we create new stories we thrive. That’s why people need a beauty and battle – be it family, business, art, or the Great Commission.
The pull to this thing we call purpose or destiny is our need to live within the pages God has written for us.
God has crafted billions of amazing characters, but every author knows that characters create their own story. Who the character is and becomes and experiences determines where they will go next. Their choices make their futures within the world where they are placed.
Have you ever felt like something was off, that you were not where you were supposed to be? Or, have you ever said, “Right now, I know that I am right where I am supposed to be and I’m doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing.”
What is that? It is our inner person, trying to find out if we are on the right page of our story.
There’s a perfect peace in knowing that you have discovered who your character is and who they are supposed to become. But if you have not yet discovered your role, don’t worry, because that is all a part of the story. The discovery of who you were written to be is vital.
Every good hero, at some point, realizes that they are more than they thought. Often, it is after major challenges, so stay encouraged. There are things going on in your life right now, that if you observe and manage them correctly, will help reveal your inner glory. The friction will uncover the you that the world is waiting to be revealed.
Stories often, or I should say always, go wrong.
As children of Adam and Eve, we go astray. Every one of us. We get lost. We fall into ditches. We run into the evil woods against all the warnings of those who love us and can see the danger better than we can.
Sometimes, some people, never get out, but if you are alive, there is still a chance. As the saying goes, if you have a pulse you have a purpose.
Sometimes, characters walk into dead ends, and authors have to back up and rework the situation. In a book I’m writing right now, I have this problem. The characters walked me into a corner. Now, we’ve all gotta back up, take a breath, and go a different direction.
We, as characters in the God’s story, often have to admit we went the wrong way. We have to get up and walk a different route. The Bible calls it repentance. Call it whatever you want, but if you are at an impasse or a dangerous place because of your past choices, you must do it before it’s too late.
It’s time to change directions. There are tragedies and comedies. There are small stories and epics.
Don’t be a tragedy. Live epic.
Another thing all writers know is that writing is often the easy part. The hard part is a revision and rewriting. When a #story goes wrong, God is a master reviser and rewriter.
If you are willing, God can rewrite your story, starting from today. Take a moment and ask yourself, are you on the right page?
If the answer is yes, keep rocking it. If the answer is no, then it’s time for some editing. Let Jesus take his red pen and start making corrections. Somewhere, along the way, you tried to be another character that you were never meant to be. Jesus can fix it. He can lead you to another story, and he will use your past to help you become more than you currently think you are capable of being.
Perhaps, the best is yet to come.