Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Rest of My Story....




I happened upon heart to heart with holley the other day & was intrigued by a post series she's authoring called: "The Rest of Your Story" - & a subsequent 21 day question/answer challenge. In Part I one she says:

How do we write the rest of our story in a way that really counts?

This series is all about finding out together.

Because as I consider the story of our lives, here's what I've come to believe...

Jesus is the author (Hebrews 12:2) but He has given each of us a pen.

We get to be part of the process—and that's amazing.


According to Holley's plan,

At the end of the 21 days we'll have a rough draft of the rest of our stories including goals, steps to take, and even a life story statement (sort of like a mission statement but cooler).

Following is an excerpt from today's post that prompted today's question:

Stephen Covey once said, "When you pick up a stick, you get both ends." In our stories, a "stick" might look like...

Trait Stick

Anxiety..........................Sensitivity...........................Compassion

Sensitivity in itself is a neutral personality trait. On our own it can lead us toward worry (negative). With Jesus it can lead us toward compassion (positive).

The goal isn't eliminating parts of who we are but rather letting God gently move us closer to the positive in our stories.

For example, the Apostle Paul was belligerent, overzealous, and an oppressive leader. After Jesus appeared to him, Paul was determined, enthusiastic, and an encouraging leader. Same characteristics...different ends of the stick. (Acts 9)

It's as if God said, "Okay, Paul, I purposely created you in certain ways. You're going to use those for me now, and that changes everything."


So there you have it .... a hint at of what's to come. I'll likely be using some of her challenge questions as future post prompts so ....

as I'm getting to know me better, you likely will too.

Care to join me?

1 comment:

Scattering Lupines said...

VERY interesting! We do similar activities in my Bible class... every time it's so enlightening!