Today I am joining Lisa-Jo and a beautiful community of writers at the Five Minute Friday where we are given a word prompt and write for just 5 minutes for the joy of writing. No editing or backtracking necessary. No need to be perfect. This is where I get to write, letting it all go, allowing the words tucked away deep inside my heart to find their voice.
It’s not about how our stories began, but how we finish them. Having struggled through some things in my life, I believed for many years that I was responsible to end the story well. To have the happy ending. To dance the fairy-tale dance into the pages of history. Well, not really.
There is One who is responsible for the outcome of our stories. The Creator God, He writes our stories. Interwoven with our own choices, good and bad, and our desire to finish the race well, are moments, lots and lots of moments of grace and strength and forgiveness given along the way for wrong turns and misguided journeys. He reminds me that He has not called me to live this story in the lime light, perfectly, without spot or blemish. For sometimes the imperfections are the beauty, and those blemishes on the pages of our stories are what draw others to Him.
I want to finish my story well, to run the race to earn the prize. Do I want my story to have lasting impact on others? Perhaps. I would love to know that a part of my story changed a life for the better. But what it all boils down to is am I living the story that God called me to live, fearlessly and courageously?
Not all stories will end happily, by the world’s standards, but I can promise you when held in the hands of the Maker, our stories will birth everlasting joy, turning mourning into dancing and sorrow into joy. Write your story, my friends, and let the pages be read by those who need to Hear His voice and know His love. And at the end of your story, He will look you in the eyes and say,
“Well done, my good and faithful servant.”