Written history is mostly composed of the stories of the lives of leaders and people who came to prominence. It is rare to read about what the ordinary man was doing and thinking in their daily life.
Each of us has a story to tell.
Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end. You know your beginnings, but you are shaping the middle right now – in everyday life. The opportunities presented each day may not seem to be much at first, when compared to the stories you are used to reading – but keep in mind that great things happen to average people when they recognize opportunities and act on them.
In every good tale, the hero encounters obstacles. Remember that those obstacles serve to strengthen the hero, and they are not the end of the story. When life is hard and we feel like we just cannot go further, it is the people who rise up strong and overcome who become heroes in their own story.
Step back from your life’s story and look at it as an outsider.
What is the goal of the main character? How do they handle challenges?
And here’s the big question: How do you want your story to end?
In the end, we are all human. No matter how much money or success we accumulate during our lifetime, we cannot take it with us when we die. You can, however, leave an impact on those around you when you go. Interact with others, encourage them, help them, build them up, treat them with love and respect. Not because you may gain something, but because loving others is important.
When asked what the greatest of all the commandments was, Jesus answered “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Is this commandment evident in the story of your life? What do you love with all your heart? We all have something we put first – whether it’s our own pleasure, possessions, power, strength, beauty… the list goes on and on.
This past Sunday we became members at Minooka Bible Church. We have an awesome pastor, Arol, who teaches us and encourages us each week to be real with God, real with each other, and real in the world. He gives each new member a Bible verse when they join, and here is the verse he gave me:
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.