It’s Not About Your Story


'Chained' photo (c) 2012, Daniel Kramer - license: gave you a slight warning that I was going to be talking about Nehemiah quite a bit in the coming weeks.  And in all honesty, I had planned in writing about what I was learning and relearning today.  But then I had this idea I wanted to run by you.

All around the blogsphere, if you read many blogs, you’ve probably read about living a better story, making the most of the minutes you have on this earth.  I’ve talked about it on here, as well.  And I think it’s a great way to live your life.  But I think one of the dangers of this way of thinking is that we tend to get caught up within our own stories that we forget to look and see what is going on around us.

And I think maybe, just maybe that our stories aren’t the most important thing.  What if your story, the things that are happening in your life are for someone else?  What if the things that are happening in my life are for you?  What I mean is, what if my walking through some hard times isn’t in order for me to become stronger, which could be a good bonus, but what if it’s for you to gain strength or a new perspective?  What if your redemption is in order for me to learn how to live with grace?

What if my life isn’t for me?

What if the whole point of your story is to find the people who care enough about you and your story that they will help you live and love well?

I was listening to a podcast this past week, and the gentleman said that one of the most powerful forces on the planet is the power of connection.  It’s so incredibly powerful to know that someone has been where you are now.  It’s an instant bonding experience.

It’s the moment you feel like you’re not alone.

I think for a lot of people it’s that moment that can change the course of their lives.  All because someone had the guts to say to them, Hey, I’ve been there, too.  Let’s walk through this together.  I’m here for you.

I think maybe that’s why Jesus came to us.  We can connect with him.  He could look people in the eye and say, Hey, I’ve been there, too.  Let’s walk through this together.  I’m here for you.

And I think that’s the point.  Maybe our stories aren’t about us.  Maybe we’re here for someone else.  Jesus was here to point us towards the Father.  To connect us to Him.

Your story can change the world.  Not because of the changes you make, but maybe because of the connections you make.

We’re all linked together.  And my story just may not be about me.

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  • Amy Book

    I love this. They used to tell us all the time on the World Race — That’s it’s not about you. But, it’s all about you. It’s not about you, as in the world is not revolving around you. But it is about you because what we do and how we learn has a great affect on the people and places we visit and befriend. It changes the focus/perspective just slightly but makes a major difference.

    love you and YOUR story. Thanks for continuing to share your heart with the world 🙂

    • I love that! That’s a good way to put it. And I love you, too, my friend. You’re pretty darn awesome. 🙂

  • Dorothy Vaughn

    I love this post.