Friday, March 20, 2015

Whose Story Is It?

That question was the "Thought to Ponder" at our March meeting.
Everyone has his or her own story - one that is different from everyone else's - a story that is woven with individual threads of varying color and distinctive stitch combinations. Even when the events in two lives are alike and details are similar, the unique, personal distinctions of each individual make their story unique. If God tells us in Psalm 139 that He saw each of us before we were born and, not only recorded every day of our lives in His book, but also laid out every moment of our lives before we lived a day, I can be assured that my story is my own and your story is your own.
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Individual stories - yours and mine - have value when others connect to our experiences, or learn from them, or are inspired and encouraged. However, when our story becomes God's story we enter a whole new dimension. Now the story is not about actors and actions and drama, but about the writer. Now the glory is not given to the cast, but the One who assembled the cast for puposes beyond what we see on life's stage or can understand.
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we... might be for the praise of   his glory. (Eph. 1:11-12)
What does this have to do with our writing? Any tale we write of success or victory will inspire, but when that tale reflects the Author's brilliance and reveals the depth of His wisdom and knowledge, discloses Him as the Designer of time and space, the competent architect of destiny, our readers receive more than a simple human story can offer. As His vessels, we are empowered to impart life and hope. I encourage you to remember that ours is a high calling.
Take Home Thought: My story has more value when it's His story.

Please note the change in date & time for our April meeting:
April 11, 9:00 am to noon
We will have a creative writing exercise using colors. (How many ways can you say blue without saying "blue"?) We will allow time for critiques afterward.
Please check the website for directions and critique guidelines.

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