There’s something about a great story.
It moves us, inspires us, stirs emotions and makes a mark in our lives. Books, movies, plays, skits and conversations are ways we have been told stories and when they’re good, we don’t forget them.
What’s your favorite story?
We all have our favorite story and we can probably read it or watch it over and over again. We can repeat parts verbatim and it brings good moments back to our minds.
We also have been exposed to bad stories too.
These also leave a mark on us and we never forget how bad the story was. It’s interesting that a great story and a bad story both leave an imprint in our lives. It shows us how we thrive on stories and really, this is always been the way people have communicated messages throughout the centuries.
We learn through stories. We process through stories. We imagine through stories. We feel through stories.
God made us this way!
But here’s what’s wild, we’re storytellers too.
We tell ourselves stories everyday and the impact of these are massive in our lives. We make decisions based on these stories. We respond and react from these stories and our perspective is from these stories.
This is why we have to guard ourselves because so much is going through our minds and hearts.
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”Proverbs 4:23
The challenge is, we tell ourselves stories that are not true or that are limited in perspective. These are based on where we come from, the wounds of our hearts and the fears we navigate. Because of this, we think our stories are real when in reality, most of the time they’re not.
For me, I know I’ve made decisions based on wrong information that I was telling myself. From these experiences I’ve come to the place that I will not be led by these stories.
I choose to be led by God’s story for me!
This is the greatest story and in it is redemption, freedom, life change and eternal life. Jesus is the hero and when we allow Him to move in our lives, our story can be rewritten.
So how do we navigate the stories we tell ourselves?
This is big because as a storyteller, we go to what we know and where we’ve been. When God is our storyteller, we can have what He knows and go where He wants to take us.
“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”John 14:6
Since Jesus is the truth, His story for us is truth. His story is the way for us and in it, is life.
So here’s what we do, when we find ourselves telling a story that is based on our hurt, fears and more, we must go to the word of God and get His perspective. God‘s word gives us what is truth and He will set us free from self deception. If we are telling ourselves a story that is true, His word will empower us to navigate that too and handle it with wisdom. Either way, we must go to God as a foundation of the story we believe.
Otherwise, we are telling ourselves things that are coming from a wounded place, but God is telling us things from a victorious place that He has for us. There is a big difference.
Too many people are being the storyteller of their lives and in the process, short changing what God can do in their lives.
What story are you telling yourself?
God’s version is better! His way is right, His life is the life to live and His truth is greater than ours. The story He has is one of fulfillment, healing and victory. It’s one of purpose through the pain and redemption from mistakes.
Isn’t this what we want?
Of course! So today, when you feel yourself being a storyteller, go to God‘s word and find verses that speak on the topic you’re navigating. He has something to say and He will help you. Please don’t live your life under the limitations of the stories you tell yourself. Instead, rise to a higher level and see what God can do when you believe His story for you.
The best is yet to come,