“You have already succeeded…Because you have a story to tell. You have a story worth telling and because of that the outcome is irrelevant to your success.”
(as quoted in “The Artisan Soul” by Erwin McManus)
The Story You’ve Told
The life you are living is the story you are telling. When you wake up in the morning and go about your life of parenting, working, playing, learning, and/or creating… you are telling a story.
The end of the year always brings to mind the life I’ve lived this year. I wonder to myself, “What is the narrative that I communicated to my family this year?” “How intentionally did I craft the words and phrases that are my life to catch people up in a drama greater than my own?”
Today I’m reflecting on the tale I’ve told this year. I can tell you that I am not always cognizant of the epic I’m writing. Sometimes I just go through the motions of life like everyone else. But as I reflect on the story I’ve lived this year, I have to be honest. And so, good, bad, or ugly… here are the highlights of my story in 2015.
The story I told this year was…
- SELFISH… often more about me than I care to admit.
- COURAGEOUS…when I chose to stand up for what I believed in even if it cost me my comfort.
- LOVING…that my family is more important to me than anything else.
- ANGRY…one of anger and frustration at my inability to parent well at times.
- CREATIVE…that I wanted to create something better with my life, so I really began writing.
- RESTFUL…filled with excitement and anticipation on being able to take our family to the beach this year.
- EDUCATIONAL…learning to put away my entitled state of mind and embrace a life of selfless service to others.
- REVEALING…realizing how often I begin things but do not finish them.
- RESTORATIVE…recognizing how much grace I really need to have and to give to others.
- SPIRITUAL..sharing the story of Jesus and trying to paint a picture of what He really values in this world.
Yet To Tell
There is more that I could share, but I’m sure you get the point. The drama I am tempted to act out is usually about me. But the narrative I want to point to is the Great Story… the one about God and how He is inviting people into the epic tale He’s telling, the life He’s living, and the Kingdom He’s building. That’s the true story. Mine is just on the periphery.
And with this in the background, I look into 2016 and wonder, what is that story I’m going to tell this year? What can I communicate to the world with intention this year that is different from what I communicated last year? How can my life link with your life to amplify the Life of God in the world at large?
I have a new story to tell.
And so do you.
Let’s begin together.
Take a moment and write down some of the Key words that define your story from this past year. How would you like to craft a new narrative for yourself this coming year? For your family? Write some of your thoughts in the comments section below.