If your life story was written down, what type of book would it be? A tragedy? Drama? Comedy? Romance? A meandering through the mundane or a crisis-filled rollercoaster?

One of our pastor’s used an illustration a couple weekends ago that resonated with my writer’s heart. He told about his son talking with several friends about faith and spiritual topics. In response to the questions of an athiest, the son explained the gospel in a way that throws open the doors to the “Good News” in a way I haven’t heard in a very long time.

He said, “No matter what road we’ve taken to get here, we’re all broken people who have strayed from the story God intended for our lives. But God still loves us and offers to give us a better story than the one we’ve chosen.”

It reminds me of two things Paul wrote: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 NIV) “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 NIV) That’s the essence of salvation in a nutshell.

So, how do we exchange our self-centered saga for a better story? Paul said, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9 NIV)

I’m so glad I’ve found a better story for my life!

What about you? What kind of story had you chosen for your life to tell? Did you ever want a different story? Why or why not? How would you explain the Good News?

A Better Story
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