We all have a story to tell
February 3, 2014
by Pastor Mike Nelson, North Crow River/Grace Lutheran Parish

In his book, “God’s Story, Your Story: When His Becomes Yours” (Zondervan 2011), pastor and best-selling author Max Lucado reflects that every one of our lives has emerged from “the greatest mind and the kindest heart in the history of the universe: the mind and heart of God.”

Lucado observes that every human being has a story to tell, the story of one’s own life; and he points out that every one of our stories intersects with a bigger and grander story, the story of how God has entered into our world in order to redeem each one of us. God’s plan for the world is that, “At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ – everything in heaven and on earth” (Ephesians 1:10 NLT).

I just read one such story, by my niece, Bethany, who, at age 25, has developed a very successful career in real estate, centering on helping young adults in the Twin Cities purchase their first home. In a blog post (http://bellaentrepreneur.com/mystory/), Bethany has shared how a number of rough spots in her life have helped shape her story, including leaving this country as a child to live in central Asia, where her parents served as missionaries; then having to leave that country on short notice, and once back in Minnesota, dealing with a disabling accident to her dad.

“It took a few years,” she wrote, “but I finally learned that His plans don’t always make sense, but He is in control and in that, I found peace.”

She concludes, “I have finally realized I am writing a story with my life; everyone is. Some things we can control, and others we simply control how we respond to what life throws at us. Now I/we just have to decide . . . what kind of story do we want to write?” 

We all have a story, and God has a hand in shaping our individual stories. As you go about your journey today, I urge you to contemplate, “Where is God in what is happening in my life today, and how does my story help to reveal God’s story for me and for those I encounter?”

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