Aug 2, 2013

You are not the main character of this story.

Do you ever wake up first thing in the morning and begin to really reflect on your life and start to wonder where in your story you are?

Because I am a writer and a voracious reader, it's hard to not think about life in this way.

One word of advice: don't.

You see, once you start thinking about life in the terms of a story waiting to be finished, it may tempt you to rush ahead to the end OR you may want to revisit a favorite part of the story again and again.  

While it is okay to remember fondly and to wait impatiently, life is more than just your story.  So many people talk about life as a story unfolding, and while it is, it may not always follow the "formula" that we have all become accustomed to. 

First of all, you are not the center of the world, and therefore NOT the star. In a book or movie, there is a main character and it is ALL ABOUT THEM.  It's not all about me.  It's very dangerous to live your life as if it is all about you.

Next, in a story, there are crisis points, climaxes and problems that need to be solved, and in most books those are all resolved.  However, in reality, it rarely goes that way.  Life does not get all wrapped up neat and tidy at the end of the story.  Life does not follow a formula.  It's hard and can be really rough, things hurt more and longer than you expect; mistakes made are not over and forgotten; children die; dreams are never realized; cars break down and no one comes along to rescue you.  It's reality.  Sometimes reality is beautiful, so beautiful you couldn't write it because no one would believe it, but sometimes... not so much.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, there is not just one climax.  In a story, there may be a few problems that need to be resolved, but there is usually just one big climax toward the end of the story, and once that's resolved the story ends and usually happily.

Life is more like a Tolkien book.  You think you've reached the end and things should get easier and then suddenly, there is a dragon, or a bunch of wild men have invaded your village.

I think what I am saying is that looking at life like a story sets you up for disappointed expectations.  

This is why I think so many people struggle with contentment, because they feel like the story isn't going the way they wanted, it's not following a formula and therefore is wrong.  Every life has it's own story.  Not necessarily a formulaic romance, and not always a happily ever after, but it can be so much better because it's so unexpected.

God is writing a story, and I am not the main character and neither are you.  The story is continuing from the scriptures and even if no one is writing it down, it's still about how HE is redeeming the world, one person at a time.  




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