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Finding Joy in the Story You’re Living

Finding Joy in the Story You’re Living

Update: 2020-07-06



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Four months ago, we were all writing the plots of our lives, oblivious to what lay just around the corner. Then--out of nowhere--the world was hit with a major pandemic that caused our plots to twist--and, in some cases, twist drastically. Now we find ourselves in totally unexpected situations, trying to make sense of it all and--even more challenging--trying to write new plots for our lives.

But maybe that's where we've been missing it. In trying to write our own life plots in the first place. For you see, God has a plot for each of our lives, and His plot is usually quite different from ours. The big question is, "Am I willing to let God write the story of my life, or will I insist on writing it myself?"

If you're like me, you may have resisted God's plot--or story--for your life. In my case, I didn't even know God had a plot for my life. So, at the age of fifteen, I started writing my own plot. I planned every point along the way, exactly as I wanted it to happen.

But midway through my writing of my plot, God intervened. Basically, He told me I was writing the wrong story. It wasn't His story. He had a different story He wanted to write for my life. Would I let Him do so?

I would have been a fool to refuse.

What about you? Are you refusing to allow God to write the story of your life? If so, consider these advantages of allowing God to plot your life:

God always has your best interests at heart. So the story He has planned for your life is the best story possible for your life--the story that will serve to make you the most like Jesus. 

God created you. Therefore, He knows in what "genre" to write the story of your life. He knows whether or not you will become more like Jesus through humor or sorrow--or a combination of both. He knows whether or not you need a slow-paced story, with lots of calm moments to sort things out, or a fast-paced one that forces you to confront things you don't want to confront.

God loves you.  Ultimately, this is God's reason for wanting to write your story. He knows that if you go it alone, you'll botch up your story. He wants to make sure you don't mess it up. 

If there's one thing I've learned about the Lord in my 50 years of walking with Him, it's that the story He writes for our lives is always better than the story we try to write ourselves.

Are you willing to let God write the story of your life? In order to do so, you may have to let go of the story you thought your life would be and learn to find joy in the story you're living. 

Why not do that now? Give Jesus your pen and then stand back as the Master Storyteller writes the magnificent story He has already plotted for your life. I guarantee it will be a bestseller!

If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ, the Master Storyteller, I urge you to do so now. Please pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I've been trying to write the story of my own life, but I've failed miserably. Forgive me! You are the only one who can write my life story.








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Finding Joy in the Story You’re Living

Finding Joy in the Story You’re Living

MaryAnn Diorio