Telling a Better Story in 2014
If you keep telling the same sad small story, you will keep living the same sad small life. —Jean Houston
This year, as in most years, I am starting it off by thinking about my goals and resolutions for the coming year. While I have some measurable goals my main goal is to tell a better story.
By story I mean the narrative that I consciously and unconsciously tell myself that drives my actions and gives my life meaning.
When I look at the storyline of my life there is so much of it that is sad and small.
I want to change that.
I’m not talking about telling a story I make up but telling, or rather re-discovering, the Story that is being written by the Great Storyteller.
I want that story to define my life and my actions more than any other story that the world, the devil or I tell myself any given day.
I experienced some of this over the past year and a half through the parable of the Prodigal son. This is a story that I have known and studied many times but everything changed when I began to really see myself as the prodigal son. Instead of reading it as an example of God’s love for another person, I began reading it as a description of my own present experience of God’s love for me in my sin. The result felt like being saved all over again. And since then, I have gone back to that story again and again and increasingly that story is becoming a real part of the narrative of my life.
This year I want to press into God’s grand-narrative and live my life as an active participant in His personal plot written for me. I want to move from merely knowing stuff about the story to running around in the story.
My hope is to trade the bits of sad, small story that I tell myself for more of God’s happy, epic story.
“Jesus came…’not simply to show us the pattern of true sonship, but to restore our human life to perfect fellowship with our Father who is in Heaven.’”
— T.F. Torrence ‘When Christ Comes and Comes Again’