“I am thankful to all those who said no, it’s because of them, I did it myself.” -Albert Einstein
What’s Your Story?
Everyone has a story. What is yours? I am not talking about the big event stories of your life like a marriage, a birth of a child or a major promotion. I am talking about the story that is going on right here, right now. We tend to get all caught up on the biggies in our lives. I understand why, but have you ever thought about the fact that every moment of every day you are writing another chapter of your story? Have you ever thought about the idea that what may seem to be insignificant moments in your life could actually be the beginnings of major events ? Today I want to talk some about writing your story one day at a time.
I am a firm believer that we often don’t realise that each day some of what seems to be the most insignificant things that happen in our lives have ripples that we aren’t even aware of. Sometimes the smallest acts of kindness to a stranger, for instance, could ripple through many other people throughout the day. Being present in someones life may not seem like much at the time, but can have lasting, wonderful implications that we are unaware of. So what story are you writing today?
Here are some questions you can ask yourself as you think about your story today:
- Is my story empowering to myself and to others?
- Are my words encouraging or discouraging?
- Am I looking at the day as a way to move forward, stand still, or step backwards?
- Do I leave behind a positive or negative feeling as I move throughout my day?
- Is my posture one of grace and compassion towards other?
- Am I really living my best self today?
As you ponder these questions you may discover that the story you are writing is not the story that you want to live. It is not too late to change your story. You can change your story at any time. Ask yourself what is the story that you want to live out today? How can you live out that story? Are you aware that you have complete control over your story, even if you don’t feel that you have complete control over the circumstances that you are given? Today go out there and live your story as if everyone is going to read it in the newspaper! Live the story that you were created to live. Later this week we will talk about actually writing down your daily story. But today I just want you to live your best story. Write a great story today and don’t forget: Life is a journey, not a destination!
“The best dreams happen when you’re awake.”
“Spirituality is a mixed-up, topsy-turvy, helter-skelter godliness that turns our lives into an upside-down toboggan ride of unexpected turns, surprise bumps and bone shattering crashes … a life ruined by a Jesus who loves us right into his arms.”
“Modern society calls the beggar bum and panhandler and gives him the bum’s rush. But the Greeks used to say that people in need are the ambassadors of the gods” ― Peter Maurin
“The world would become better off
If people tried to become better.
And people would become better
If they stopped trying to become better off.”
― Peter Maurin
“If we are crazy, then it is because we refuse to be crazy in the same way that the world has gone crazy.”
― Peter Maurin
“You can be committed to Church but not committed to Christ, but you cannot be committed to Christ and not committed to church.” – Joel Osteen
“I think if the church did what they were supposed to do we wouldn’t have anyone sleeping on the streets”. – Michael W. Smith
“I believe there are too many practitioners in the church who are not believers.”- C. S. Lewis
“The story goes that a public sinner was excommunicated and forbidden entry to the church. He took his woes to God. ‘They won’t let me in, Lord, because I am a sinner.’
‘What are you complaining about?’ said God. ‘They won’t let Me in either.”
“Wondering whether Christianity is real is not the same as wondering whether Christianity is true. If you question the truth of Christianity, you can do something tangible about it. You can read books, take a class, or talk to someone about it. But what can you do when you’re already convinced it’s true but don’t experience it as real?”
Gregory A. Boyd
“It’s too sad, that many churches don’t believe in young people thinking that all they want in church is just games and such. If we believe like that, how can we want them to believe something that’s beyond their youth? That these young people can respond very well to God and we’ll be surprised by the results. And we see the results today. A lot of the pastors are twenty-something, they’re leading thousands of people or hundreds of people at least.”
Have a great Sabbath. See you tomorrow and don’t forget: Life is a journey, not a destination!
“We learn to dwell with God by learning the practices of hospitality, listening, forgiveness, and reconciliation—the daily tasks of life with other people. Stability in Christ is always stability in community”
― Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
“There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.”
― Leonard Cohen