I have a friend in his mid-twenties who had Leukemia when he was younger. For a long stretch of his life, that was the main thing people knew about him. As he was recently telling his story to some new guys, they were totally blown away by his history; they had no idea he had suffered with Leukemia. He has an incredible story to tell, but if you just met him, you would have no idea about it.
If you met my mom today you would never know that in 1986 she suffered a major stroke, leaving her in a coma and unable to talk for an extended period. People who saw her passing out popsicles to kids in a hospital waiting room recently would never know her devastating medical past. If you just met her, you would never know the journey she’s been on. You would not have any idea of the mountains she’s climbed and the story she has to tell.
I love that about every one of us. We all have a story. For many, the scars do not sit close to the surface, but after a few questions, the layers of life become apparent. Your story might not be as drastic as cancer or a stroke, but you have a story. Just living—in itself—is such an adventure that day by day we accumulate more depth to our stories.
I can say this about one of my best friends: “He is passionate about redeeming stories. He loves to help others find faith and redeem their story from something not good, to something eternal.”
Shouldn’t we all love that?
Shouldn’t we love the truth that our story can be redeemed into something that matters forever? Shouldn’t we love the truth that God wants to use your story to help redeem others too?
Recently I was at a church and ran into some old friends. One asked me how I was doing, and I replied with the standard “good.” He said, “I can tell by looking at you that you have a lot on your mind. What’s going on?”
Ouch! He was right. And I love that he called me on it.
As you go about your life and do your quick “good” when someone asks you how you are doing, take a moment to consider how God is in the business of redeeming. He is doing that for you and those you come in contact with.
If we have that filter, our days will have much more divine purpose to them. Your story can be redeemed into something that points to His Kingdom. In fact, your story can be one that impacts eternity if you leverage it for something bigger than you. You see, your story is not just for you. It’s a banner to point to the One that gave you the story in the first place.
That’s a story worth living.