Rewriting the Story
We are always telling ourselves a story. It’s human nature. In this story, we are the main character, and life is happening to us. Good or bad, it’s happening to us and it’s about us. I hate to burst your bubble, so consider this your “spoiler alert” warning…it’s not about you.
Now, I think we would all say we know this. I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and say you are all emotionally mature enough at this point in life to have realized that you are not the center of the universe. If somehow you have found a way to navigate life up to this point without this reality occurring to you, it’s only a matter of time.
What’s interesting to me, however is we don’t LIVE like we know this. While we would all acknowledge life isn’t about us, we live most of life as if it is. And this is true whether our outlook is positive or negative. Humans have the amazing capacity to either think too much of themselves, or to zoom right past the healthy middle ground to the other extreme of feeling worthless. And whether you see yourself as the hero of the story or as a complete failure, all of us tend to take on the role of VICTIM at some point in the story. And that’s the tell.
You see, you cannot play the victim of any story that isn’t about you. This victim mentality is a sure giveaway. We SAY we know life’s not about us, but we LIVE as if it is. If we are ever going to experience the life God has for us, we have to rewrite the story. We have to realize this is God’s story, not ours.
If God is the hero of this story, it changes the way we see ourselves in the story. Life will have its ups and downs, but we can weather those ups and downs in light of eternity and the reality God is in control. If you’ve ever felt like life was happening to you, if you’ve ever been mad at God for what he was allowing to happen to You, it means you have made Him the villain and you have taken on the role of victim.
Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t come to God with your complaints and concerns. Scripture tells us we are to cast our cares upon God, because He cares for us. It’s okay to cry out to God in distress. I mean, read the psalms for crying out loud! But in your distress, do we cry out TO God or do we cry out AGAINST God? That makes all the difference. If we cast our cares upon Him, we have to trust He is in control, because ultimately, this is HIS story.
What story are you telling yourself? Life has its ups and downs, there’s no denying it. Is God Sovereign in all situations? Or is the story you are living all about you. If you find far too often you have made the story about yourself, it’s time to rewrite the story.