Lent is a time to take a look in the mirror and see how God is present in your life. While my tattoos recall the crazy adventures of my past, or the well-disguised line across my neck speaks to my future, every cut, bruise, scar, grey hair or memory I have, is a life marker that screams out, “I am important to God.”
Dan Allender writes, “Take seriously the story that God has given you to live. It’s time to read your own life, because your story is the one that could set us all ablaze.”
The one thing all humans have in common is we all have a story to tell. And somewhere in yours, God is at work writing a great plot with a fantastic ending. Better yet, Jesus shares our story, just as we share in his. He knows what it’s like to be betrayed, to be hurt, or to feel abandoned. He also knows what it’s like to love and be loved, to forgive and to be forgiven, to give and to receive.
Being a part of Jesus’ story means our personal story will end in victory – our final chapter concludes with each one of us fulfilling our God-given destiny.
Your life may have begun “Once upon a time.” But thanks to our blessed Lord and Savior, all of our stories can end the same way: “They lived happily ever after.”
Prayer: God of my light and life, thank you for writing me into your story. As each day brings a new adventure, a new plot twist, or dramatic surprise, help me to live out the words that you have written on my heart. Amen.
* re-written from a sermon in August 2016
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