Surely we do not need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you or from you, do we? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all; and you show that you are a letter of Christ, prepared by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. – 2 Corinthians 3:1-3
Today I’m excited because – if all goes as planned – sometime this afternoon I’m probably going to complete my novel (pause for the applause to die down… thank you… no, really, you’re too kind… thank you….). I’ll still have some work to do on a few parts of the story, but it’s going to be mostly tweaking, and proofing, and fine tuning.
Then – and this happened just a couple of days ago – I opened a new document and started to work on the first few paragraphs of my latest non-fiction project.
Wrapping up the story that’s been a few years in the works; launching something else that’s going to take most of this coming year; writing shorter pieces every day, or weekly; thinking about the Christian Voice column that runs monthly in Tampa (my last toehold in Florida!); fleshing out the series of talks I’ll be giving at an upcoming retreat.
Everything runs on its own timetable, and is prepared for a specific audience. Yet, and like a series of cogs in a machine, each one turning at a different tempo yet all contributing to the one great end, somehow everything interconnects with a thread of consistency that tells its own story.
Our lives tell a story too; they are a body of work – and that is the point of today’s post. What story is it that you tell, simply by living? There are a lot of pieces: relationships, work, family, commitment to church, social media, community, recreation, politics, hobbies, entertainment, etc. But what is the story? What is it that your life is saying? What’s the underlying narrative?
When people get to know us, do they catch the meaning? Do you live a story that reads of confidence… of hope… of grace…of light… of belief… of faith… of compassion… of love… of kindness… of mercy…?
Or do people read confusion… or cynicism… or unbelief… or anger… or self-righteousness… or despair… or fear… or hate?
If we respond to our calling to follow Jesus, if The Greatest Story Ever Told is the foundation on which we build everything else, if we invited Jesus to live in and through us each and every moment, then people are going to read us like a letter from God, “written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts…”
So, what is your story? – DEREK