The Story of You

The Story of You

Don’t you love a happy ending?  I feel robbed somehow after spending my time on a book or movie that doesn’t end well!

My family and I were recently utterly underwhelmed by the disappointing end to a movie (if only the Hollywood movie moguls had asked us first…).  Such dissatisfaction made me wonder…will the story of my own life end well?  Will yours?

The Story of You

Fortunately, we have much to do with the writing of our own life story.   Each day pages are being added by the choices we make throughout our day, and all those choices will add up to – what?  A  beautiful tale of courage and sacrifice and a life well-lived, people well-loved, and a heart that pursued and obeyed God no matter what? What will the pages left behind say about us after we are gone?

Recently my Scripture reading for the day had me in two seemingly unrelated stories, one in the Old Testament and one in the New.  The main characters were separated by centuries, by station, and by gender.   One lived in infamy and one in relative obscurity.

But even in the least connected lives, common ground appears when the curtain is lowered.  Both lives ended, and the stark contrast shocked me.

Consider Jehoram, king of Judah.  We can read about his life in 2 Chronicles 21. He certainly had the potential to make a name for himself, to rule rightly and be a blessing to the people.  However, at the end of his days, we find that “He passed away, to no one’s regret” (vs.20).  Wow – to NO ONE’S regret.  He had wives, children, and a kingdom full of subjects, and not one person regretted his death?  What a sad commentary of selfish living.

Then in Acts chapter 9, we have the story of Tabitha, “who was always doing good and helping the poor”.  She became sick and died, and all the widows of her community gathered together, crying, and showing Peter the robes and clothing Tabitha has made for them.  One after another, the grieving women explained how her love had impacted their lives.  Her loss was so unacceptable to them that Peter raised her from the dead!

A simple woman who devoted her life to Jesus and others and touched the lives of all around her.  A king who devoted his life to himself and touched no one.  When the great and final (well…not for Tabitha) “The End” was unexpectedly written across the last page of their lives, the tally of their daily choices added up to two very different results.

Tabitha gave.

She allowed her schedule to be interrupted for the good of others.  She lived fully the live God had granted her and didn’t wait for “the right time” to make an impact.

Jehoram took.

He made his life about himself.  He had what we might think of as the perfect platform for effecting positive change and impacting lives, and he squandered his opportunity.

You and I might find ourselves somewhere in the middle of those two extremes, but the question still goes begging, “What kind of story are we writing?”  Perhaps we have some pages we’d like to tear out.  I know I do!  Let’s ask God for His help to start now, with no excuses, fully embrace the life He’s given us, and live well.  Let’s spend ourselves for His glory, and live for that “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

Now go live your masterpiece!

 

With love,

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Christine is so glad you have joined her on The Beautiful Journey! She is a Bible study writer and teacher living in Texas with her husband, 2 children, and all their pets. Christine believes with all her heart that you can live the full, high-impact, joyful life God designed for you, right now. That beautiful journey begins inside you and doesn’t depend on your circumstances. She would love to have you join her on the journey!

10 Comments

  • Angela Royse Pelleman

    April 15, 2017 at 1:05 am Reply

    I LOVED this, Christine! I LOVE your heart!! This really blessed me, because I spent half of my life living with people who took. Instead of copying them, I ran to Jesus, and began to give of myself, and The Holy Spirit began to fill with joy, all those empty places where people took! I hope to bless as many people asTabitha did, all for the glory of God! I will be sharing this next week on The Silver Lining page at http://www.facebook/angelaslittleattic. Thank you for writing this. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day! I’m looking forward to taking you soon! Sending you love! 💗

    • Christine

      April 15, 2017 at 7:43 am Reply

      Thanks so much for commenting, Angela, and for your sweet words! Trusting God will use you to reach many people as you continue to allow His Spirit to fill you to overflowing!

  • Nicole

    January 26, 2017 at 4:57 am Reply

    This is some great food for thought Christine. When you mentioned 2 Chronicles, I immediately thought of King Manasseh. It’s said that he did evil and led his people astray. It was only when he along with his people were taken captive, that King Manasseh sought the Lord. When Manasseh was released he was a changed man. I guess you could say his story ended well. But I often think of the poor souls he led astray before he found the Lord.

    Have a blessed day!

    • Christine

      January 27, 2017 at 11:20 am Reply

      Hi Nicole! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Ending well is so important, but you are right. The in-between matters too!

  • Marilee Coleman

    January 25, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply

    Beautifully written Christine! After recent and past losses of dear friends, you can’t help but think about the story you leave behind. Love you!

    • Christine

      January 25, 2017 at 12:09 pm Reply

      We have had recently had some very unexpected losses in our church family as well – it does get one thinking. God is really talking to me about living an “interruptable” life and not being too busy to see and minister to needs around me. It’s a mental shift for a very scheduled, planner kind of girl! Thanks for your sweet encouragement – Love you too!

  • Leisa

    January 25, 2017 at 8:30 am Reply

    Great post, Christine! Good reminder that we are all creating our lives with our choices.

    • Christine

      January 25, 2017 at 12:12 pm Reply

      Thanks, Leisa! I know I’m singing your song with that post – your latest newsletter about choices was a different facet of the same truth. I’m so glad to know you are there with your coaching service to encourage and assist women – whether homeschool moms or not – live fully. Thanks for all you do for the Kingdom!

  • Acacia

    January 24, 2017 at 4:23 pm Reply

    Such a timely word! Thanks for your encouragement as we are commanded as Christ followers to exhort one another daily. May God continue to impact His world through you!

    • Christine

      January 25, 2017 at 1:02 am Reply

      Thank you, Acacia! You are a blessing!

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