My kids got me a great gift for Mother’s Day. It’s called StoryWorth.
Every Monday a new question is emailed to me. The questions are always unique. Something to do with my life, my childhood, my marriage or even my personality. I can add pictures to each reply, and at the end of the year it will all be published in a wonderful book.
I loved this idea and found myself wishing I had a keepsake of memories like this from my own parents and grandparents.
That got me thinking about Memorial Day.
A day we set aside to remember all those who have given their lives for our freedom and our country. What a legacy these brave men and women leave behind and what thankfulness we should embody as we remember the sacrifices they made.
And that got me thinking about the legacy and the memories you and I will someday leave behind.
Will it be a story worth telling? A story worth cherishing? As we add to our story every minute of every day, as we hold pictures in the memories of our hearts or add them to the hearts of those we love, will it be a story we want remembered by our loved ones and friends?
As I thought about what I might be writing about every week, I have to admit I did not think I had a story worth telling. Nothing phenomenal has happened in my life. I have done no great thing to be remembered. I’m a normal girl who grew up to be a normal wife, a normal mom, a normal grandma. The end.
But God told me something different.
He showed me that my story~
and yours~ are the most beautiful stories ever written. Not because they are about us, but because they are about Christ in us.
That beauty and glory needs to be shared.
If you are a child of God, your story is much like mine~
The Book of Life
Wretched, Lost and Sinful~
Hopeless, Condemned and Alone
Repentant, Redeemed and Rescued
Found, Forgiven and Free
Adopted, Atoned, Covered,
Thankful and Worthy
Nothing can or ever will separate me from that love. (Romans 8:35-39)
You see, when you become a child of God it’s not your story anymore. It’s Jesus story in you. It’s a story my heart yearns for you to know.
All the wonderful memories mixed in, all the sad situations and joyful expectations, all the amazing wonder of every day of your life is the story God wrote and will finish for you. (Hebrews 12:2). Until you see Him in glory, He is still writing. He’s adding beauty to ashes (Isaiah 61:3) and giving hope to the hopeless. (Romans 15:13) He’s sending comfort to the broken (John 14:18) and peace where you thought it could never be found.(Philippians 4:7) He is conquering every set back (Romans 8:37) and bringing victory to every battle. (Exodus 14:14) He’s adding every period and exclamation mark. He is your beginning and your ending. (Revelation 1:8)
He is the ultimate Happily Ever After. (Zephaniah 3:17, Revelation 21:3-7, 22-27)
What is your story worth?
It’s worth everything.
Don’t ever hide it or think otherwise.
Jesus thought your story was worth His very life.
I was wrong in my thinking that nothing phenomenal has ever happened to me. Chapter 2.
He is beyond phenomenal, and if you haven’t met Him yet, I’d love to tell you all about Him.
If you have met Him, you have a legacy to share. A memorial for generations to come.
The beautiful story of redemption, forgiveness and love. Make every moment of every chapter a reflection of that glory.
Yes sweet friend, your story is worth sharing!!!
II Thessalonians 1:5, 11, Acts 5:41, Amos 9:6