And God is the Author
By Patrick G Howard
The April Focus of the Month is the fourth of the twelve-part series – Making 2019 Your Best Year Yet: Realizing God’s Plan for You. You can read the other parts of the series here:
In Part 3 of our series, we talked about creating intrepid steps to achieve your bold vision. I hope that you have been able to achieve the challenges associated with each of our monthly focus. After all, it is April and one-fourth of our year is already gone. If we are going to make 2019 our best year yet, we must stay on track.
Where are you in the process? Have you written your intrepid steps for realizing your bold vision? If so, that’s wonderful. If not, don’t worry; you’re like the rest of us. If you are in the latter group, it does beg the question, “Why?”
Did you just get busy and haven’t gotten around to writing goals to realize your vision? Or are you still working on creating your bold vision? Have you even started thinking about what your bold vision should be?
In this race we call life, regardless of whether you are still backing out of the driveway, or firing on all cylinders, the challenge for our April focus of the month might be the best one this year. I believe that it is so important, that if you only accomplish one of our monthly challenges this year, make it this one.
Write your story.
It’s amazing to me. Many people that would have no problems writing a story about somebody else, find it difficult, if not impossible to write about themselves. Some people are too modest or embarrassed to share their personal lives with others. Some assume that nobody else would be interested in knowing more about them. Others will see the exercise as a futile waste of time. Perhaps it’s all these reasons.
Maybe there are some that don’t see any value in writing their story, but I can give you many great reasons why you should. It may inspire somebody. It can help you reconcile issues from your past. It’s a great exercise to help you develop self-discipline. It will make you more aware of why you are the way you are, and possibly allow you to grow beyond your current limits.
There are many more reasons, but I believe the most important is this. You have a marvelous story to tell, and the world deserves to hear it. If you don’t believe me, you can look it up in the Bible.
Let me draw your attention to a passage written by King David, a man with an amazing story to tell in his own right. Our focus is on Psalm 139:16, but it is helpful to read verses 13 through 16 for context.
(13) You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. (14) Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it. (15) You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. (16) You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.Psalm 139:13-16
Let that sink in for a moment.
No matter what we may think of ourselves.; No matter how many mistakes we have made in our lives; No matter how many regrets we may have; No matter how many do-overs we wish we had; These are merely chapters of the story that God wrote for your marvelous life.
That doubt that you have about yourself – God wrote that chapter.
That failure you experienced all those years ago – God wrote that chapter.
That stuff that you regret doing way back when (or even last week) – God wrote that chapter.
That decision you made that you wish you could change – God wrote that chapter.
In the plot of every great novel, the protagonist will have peaks and valleys, which combine to make that person who they are. When you think about it, God has written billions of novels, and He has written one with your name in the title. And each one of His novels is a marvelous masterpiece – even yours.
How many times have you thought, “If I could only go back in time and do (fill in the blank) differently?” Well, if you did, you wouldn’t be sitting here today.
Think about it.
Every decision, choice, action and inaction you have made, every person you have met and wish you hadn’t, every instant of your life has led you to this moment. Going back and changing just one thing, no matter how innocuous it seems, would change the whole trajectory of your life. Would you really want that? Besides, God knew what he was doing when he made you.
And if you still think your story is not important enough to write about, let me ask this. How many times have you heard somebody else’s story and thought, that is exactly what I needed to hear today? Don’t you think that your story might just be what somebody else needs to hear tomorrow?
My challenge to you is to write your story. Don’t start tomorrow; start today. And by the way, while there will be many versions of your story through the years, you will never finish. As you are writing, remember our focus this month – Every day of my life was recorded in your book; Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
Realize that your story has already been written. Give God the glory, because He is the author.