Once upon a time stories were for children. Now they seem to be usurped by almost everybody – big business, airlines, pharmaceutical companies, the automobile industry, everything is fair game even down to the toothpaste yuo use.
The truth is we’re wired for story. Our brains respond to them. And for some of you, you are a slave to your story. It’s the one you play in your head everyday. It can be a traumatic event, an emotional decision, a deep hurt, an unfairness, whatever it was that left a wound in your soul.
Instead of replaying it over and over again, replace it with a better story.
The one that has you in Christ’s story. It’s the one that starts like this:
Once upon a time God created a perfect world and handed it over to his children, Adam and Eve to take care of it, but then they disobeyed him and plunged themselves and everybody after them into sin. When God saw the mess they had made, he realized only he could fix it. So he sent his perfect Son to earth in the form of a perfect man to live and do what Adam and Eve and the rest of us failed to do. Jesus lived to please God and then died on the cross to pay the price for your sins. His perfect life and record is now yours as a gift from God to you. All you need is faith in Christ to get it. The moment you receive that gift you step into Christ’s story.
What is true of you now?
You have a new Father who loves you. He is unlike any earthly father you’ve ever known.
You have a Savior who fixed your biggest problem – your sin that kept you from God.
You have a new identity – you are a child of God with all its privileges, including an inheritance.
You have a new family – your brothers and sisters in Christ.
You have a new future – living in the new heavens and the new earth for an eternity.
You have new support – the church.
You have a calling – the Holy Spirit has given you spiritual gifts to serve God with.
So what are you waiting for?
Dump the old story today and start telling yourself the new one!
Talk to me.