No rough draft
Everyone has a story.
Some people really love to tell their story. Others are private about it. And then there are people like me who, when asked, suddenly can’t seem to remember anything that ever happened to them anytime, anywhere, at any point throughout their lives.
We’re too busy living our stories to think about them, I reckon. Or at least that sounds like a good
excuse reason to me.
Anyway…we all have stories. You, me, the cranky dude at the post office, the waitress who brought your lunch.
My story, if I think about it long enough to begin to dredge it up, has plenty of ups and downs. There have been seasons that have been exciting and awesome, and others that have been downright miserable. But that is how any good story goes.
The shadow proves the sunshine.
I don’t know when my story will be over, but it’s important to me that it ends well. And it seems to me that we’d all benefit to occasionally evaluate our stories to see if they contain the right elements. Of course, those elements will vary from person to person. Otherwise our stories would lack for interesting people to give them salt and spice.
Does it have enough tie-dye?
Does it have a good soundtrack?
Does it have at least one iron-clad relationship with a fierce person?
Does it have at least one sweet relationship with a hugger?
Does it have some awesome shoes?
Does it have enough Holy Spirit wow-factor?
Does it have enough champagne?
Does it have a list of have-tos and want-tos that generously overlap?
Does it have enough fire?
Does it have a handful of weirdo cats?
Does it have enough poppycorn?
Does it have enough laughter?
Does it have enough Jesus?
Does it have enough purple? Enough orange?
Does it have enough challenges to remind me that I’m dependent upon God?
Does it have a good place for napping?
As time goes by I’ll probably need to change it up some. Stories have chapters, after all.
What do you think of your story thus far? Does it need more of something? Less of something?
We don’t get a re-write.
But we also don’t have to let the disappointments of the last chapters determine the quality of the next.