In Genesis, God tells us that we’re created in His image. So we’re creators also. He’s given us the gift of bringing forth something out of nothing. Whether it’s art or music or dance or design, the artist brings forth into existence something that did not exist before that tells a story. The best stories reveal universal longings for love, for significance, for a desire to know that we matter and that we have what it takes to accomplish our dreams.
Each one of us is a living story. We’re living in what literature calls a hero’s journey. And that goes like this: The hero leaves home on a quest for answers. During the journey he or she encounters obstacles that must be overcome and they need to draw from a deep internal well to find the resolve, to conquer and win the battle. But there’s also unexpected twists and turns. There’s threats, there’s distractions, there’s hopes and disappointments that must be navigated in order to get to the answer that the hero is looking for. When the hero returns home, after slaying his personal dragons, he realizes that he is a different person from the one who started on the journey. Throughout the process of discovery, the hero is transformed into a more true reflection of mankind. The details of each journey are unique to the hero, but the storyline is the same. The hero is transformed and the hero learns how to love in spite of the evil that he encounters.
The big challenge in our stories is that we are God’s story and we need to live as God’s story. Because we’re a reflection of God, we can learn to love as He loves. His sacrificial life brings the most joy, but a sacrificial life can also bring the most pain. In the end, the sacrificial life brings the greatest reward. My hope for you is that you live the highest life of love, knowing that your story makes all the difference in the people around you.
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