Finding a Greater Story
Scripture: Isaiah 55:9; Psalm 57:2; Galatians 2:20
What is God after in you? Is God stripping you of your agenda? Maybe for some of you it’s already stripped away. For others, you and God may be in a wrestling match or around the corner from one. Let me save you some energy and time—just let him win. The quicker you let him win and release control, the easier life will be. Now that’s easier said than done, but the premise still remains true.
I may not know what your specific struggle is, but I do know one thing for sure: that struggle can be broken off of your life by the healing, saving power of God. As my friend and mentor Pastor Jeff Henderson likes to say, “When your story connects with God’s story, it leads to a greater story.”
That line of Jeff’s has become my approach to everything. “Connect to God’s story!” I now tell youth groups and schools and church congregations. “It’s only by connecting to God’s story that your story will come alive. It’s only then that your story will become.”
Despite what you believe your story is about—abandonment, addiction, graduating from high school, getting a promotion, finding true love, being adopted, reconciling with a loved one, or getting fit at the gym—I believe your real, ultimate, story is God’s plan. Only when you decide to connect with him intentionally, meaningfully, and enthusiastically, will you find true purpose.
In Psalm 57:2, the psalmist says, “I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.” God created us to seek him for our identity.
I truly believe that God is redeeming a broken world. When we forfeit our plans and join him in his magnificent work, we experience fulfillment, for the first time in our lives.
In what ways do you find identity in the circumstances of your story rather than in God’s purpose for your life? How could you change your perspective on which story matters most?