Photo by Glen Alan Woods. Taken at the End of the Oregon Trail Museum in Oregon City, Oregon
We all have a story. Our past tells its beginning. Our present follows its ongoing narrative. Our future promises the opportunity of a legacy full of meaning. Together they form the plot lines which intersect with that of our fellow characters. Yet in our stories, however obscure they may seem, we retain the role of protagist. Our stories matter. Yours matters.
Some of you don’t feel that way. You sigh at the never ending burden of daily routines and unpaid bills. The ubiquitous specter of meaningless drudgery dulls the spark you once enjoyed. Each day is a struggle to make it to the end so that you may bury your head on your pillow and pray for dreamless sleep. Wakefulness hurts too much.
How did it come to this? Where did your intended storyline go awry?
Currently I’m in the process of reflecting on my story. My childhood, youth, early adulthood… There is much joy to be found. Family, friendship, and positive formative experiences bring smiles to my countenance, along with a contentment born of thankfulness. But there is also pain. It’s hard to remember the dark seasons, the years I wasted with regretful attitudes and thinking. Yet there is value, understanding my tendency to regress back to those negative self-defeating behavioral patterns.
Remembering my past roots me in the present with a view toward exploring my future in ways that forge new paths. The script of my future, although completely apparent to God, is not yet written in the natural. That is, I have the opportunity to enjoy God’s gift of life to the fullest, deploying the creativity, passion, and purpose which he has encoded in me through his act of creation and my willingness to live as he intended.
When he set me free from the bondage of sin he liberated me to enjoy the frontiers of a Christ honoring life, helping me break free of culturally or self imposed imitations which frown on redeemed creativity.
I’m moving forward in this messy, scary narrative. Will you take a risk and join me? If your answer is yes, please leave a comment on this blog. Give me a sense of your story. I’m listening with great interest.