The Story That Will Change Your Life
What’s your favorite story?
Over the past year, my son, Jonathan, and I re-read the Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis in a “book club” with some of his peers. They never get old for me.
In one of them, one of the key characters finds herself reading a story, one which she calls the “loveliest story I’ve ever read or ever shall read in my whole life….It was about a cup and a sword and a tree and a green hill…” But after reading it, she couldn’t remember, and the memory of it haunted her.
What if we too are living in a story—one that we often forget, but the memory of it still haunts us?
A story where there is a beautiful garden…freedom from shame…a beloved and her bridegroom…meaningful work…rest…children…home…peace…security.
Nowadays, we might call that story a fairy tale. We might even scoff at them.
But what is this is not a fairy tale? What if it is for real? How would this story change how you live your life today?
Instead of reading the Bible as a story, I have reduced it to a set of rules to follow. When all else fails, I search it for a promise or a verse to assuage my guilt or comfort my heart or guide my path.
But what if it’s more than that? What if, in its pages, we find God’s story, not just for my life, but for yours and for the world we live in? What if it is more than just a psalm or proverb for the day that we take like a vitamin? What if it is more than just the Roman Road to salvation or a historical account of Jesus’s life?
My friends, if we really understand this story, it will change our lives.
It is already changing mine. It can change yours too.
If we know the ending to the story, it will recast every pain, problem, struggle, and heartache in a new light.
If we know where we’re going, it’s going to spur us forward to prepare for this journey.
That’s what intentional living is all about.
It is about knowing your place in the story and then ordering your days so that it seamlessly joins with the big story.
It will have meaning, purpose, and direction—even when it feels like it has wandered off course.
That’s where I’m going—to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder are God (Heb. 11:10).
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.” (Isaiah 2:3)
We all want our lives to go somewhere. Our Bibles will tell us how to get there. Knowing the Story will change you how think, see, and live life here. I know it.
And everything you do here will carry on for eternity.
How can you beat a story—and a life—like that?