Heart is full, but my mind and body are utterly exhausted from a weekend spent at Mother-Daughter Camp. Constant activity and social interaction are not an introvert’s cup of tea (not to mention the cabin sleeping arrangements!).
Attempting to “fill my tank” early this morning by re-reading part of Dan Allender’s “To Be Told.”
Hope his wise and challenging words speak to your heart as well:
First, God is not merely the Creator of our life. He is also the Author of our life, and he writes each person’s life to reveal his divine story. There never has been nor ever will be another life like mine—or like yours. Just as there is only one face and name like mine, so there is only one story like mine.
Second, neither your life nor mine is a series of random scenes that pile up like shoes in a closet. We don’t have to clear out old stories to make room for new ones. Both your story and mine have unique characters, surprising plot twists, central themes, tension and suspense, and deep significance. Each is an intriguing tale, and neither is fiction.
Thirdly, as I study and understand my life story, I can then join God as a coauthor. I don’t have to settle for merely being a reader of my life; God calls me to be a writer of my future.
And fourth, there is the necessity and blessing of telling our story to others. To the degree that we know God and then join him in writing our story, we are honored to join others in the calling of storytelling. God, of course, is the Master Storyteller.
Allow others to read and edit and critique and join in the glory of the great story God is telling through you. Your story helps reveal the Greatest Story, the story that God is telling about himself. God intends for each of us to live for a greater glory, and a greater story, than our own.
As a Christian Counselor, this is what I strive to do with my clients – help them learn and understand their past, live fully aware in their present, and join with God in planning and preparing for their future. This morning I can’t help but be challenged by Dan Allender’s words…am I actively coauthoring my own story with God? Or am I merely including Him when I have writer’s block?
We are called to coauthor the ending according to the themes that the primary Author has penned for us. We are called to take up our pen and follow him. It is the enormous humility of the sovereign Author to give us a voice in the dialogue. And not only does he want us to write, but he cheers us on. He writes, allows us to coauthor, and then is mesmerized by what we write with him. This amazing arrangement ought not to be, but it is.
Abiding and coauthoring,