“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews: 12:1-2
If Jesus is the author, I sometimes question whether He’s telling a very good story with my life. “If only I was in control,” I think to myself, “I’d have the perfect job. I’d never be sick. I’d make the world a better place.”
The culture around would have us believe that the ultimate meaning of life is to take charge of our destiny, overcoming our limitations and pursuing whatever we want.
But is that really true?
The Bible tells us clearly that God – being perfect – is the only one truly capable of writing the best story for our lives.
But does “the best story” mean fame, success, and comfort? I believe the best story has much less to do with our own pleasure and much more to do with proclaiming the goodness and glory of God.
We see this when we look back at the Old Testament. Sure, it may appear to be nothing more than a collection of individual stories, but in actuality, it’s a collection of interwoven story lines which set the stage for the climax of Jesus’ triumph over death.
I’m reminded daily to hand control of my life over to the One who is telling a much bigger and better story, trusting that even when things don’t make sense, they will once I see the story completed.
Looking back, can you see where you were inclined to do things differently, but are now grateful for the way God wrote your story?
Dear Jesus, thank You for using me to tell part of Your story. Please guide and direct my steps so I may bring glory and honor to Your name. Help me to surrender control and trust in Your plan, even when I cannot see it. Amen
We can’t always understand what God is doing behind the scenes. Ask a friend or loved one to pray with you through some areas of your life where you feel confused and discouraged. You can also talk and pray with a confidential coach.
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