It’s easy to try and help God out. It’s as if we as Christians take it upon ourselves to be God’s personal P.R. people. We’ve tasked ourselves with trying to make him look good all the time, but I think we go about this in weird and unhealthy ways. While we should represent him well and live as he lived, I think we can easily take it too far. Instead of being honest about the messy parts of life, many times we pretend like they don’t exist. This leads to the false belief that when you become a Christian everything becomes perfect in your life. Obviously, this couldn’t be any further from the truth.
The truth is that God’s goodness, love, and compassion can clearly be seen in even the darkest or messiest of moments. In fact, I believe that if we’re honest with our hard times, we might be able to see God’s hand even more clearly.
Let’s choose to be honest with our stories, both the good and the bad, knowing that God is good in the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
I firmly believe that every experience is a learning opportunity. Recently, I filmed part of my story for an upcoming series at a local church. Going into the shoot, I thought to myself “this is great, I love stories and the art of crafting a story, so this will be a fun experience!” and it was, but it also taught me a lot about myself.
There is an art to crafting a story. I am by no means an expert in this, it’s a subject I’m only beginning to study. Most stories share the same basic plot line: there’s a hero with a problem who meets a guide who empathizes, has a plan, and calls them to action that will result in either success or failure. A vital part of any story is the problem or the tension the main character experiences in their life.
There would be no Tommy…
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