This past Sunday, our Pastor (PJ) spoke of stories. The stories of the Bible, the stories of the world, and the stories of each person’s life. She stated that every life is simply a series of stories. If you think about it, every day we learn by hearing stories. Stories as share on the news, stories told by others, and stories told by ourselves. The challenge is that of all the stories we hear each and every day, we must work to separate truth from fiction.
With all that has been occurring in my life with work, school and relationships this sermon really seemed to hit home. It really is about determining what is fact and what is fiction. It is also a matter of determining how you allow these stories to shape and guide your life.
I thought I had a good handle on what was truth and what was fiction in my life. However, I recently was proven otherwise in a big way. I guess this is where freewill of individuals plays into our lives and this is what can make life challenging. The choices that you make in your life can be (and usually are) influenced by others in your life. These others can be coworkers, family, friends or other acquaintances. These influences have the ability to guide your choices down good paths and down not so great paths based on the information that they provide at any given time. The challenge is trying to see the light where the truth really shines and differentiate this from illusions that may be shiny but are not really spreading light upon the walkway.
At the end of the sermon, PJ challenged the congregation. She asked everyone to reflect on the stories of their lives to date. Some questions arise:
What will you be remembered for?
Do you like the current story of your life?
What do you want your story to be?
I certainly don’t have all the answers to these questions, but I believe that they are good questions to ask and to visit often.