Let me ask you a very important question. Who is writing your story?
Think about what makes a great book or movie. To have a good story, you need interesting characters, an intriguing plot, lots of ups and downs, an antagonist (that’s the bad guy), a little suspense, a bit of romance, and a nice ending never hurts.
Your life is like a long, amazing story. You have ups and downs. You have important people in your life (good and bad). You have moments of uncertainty. One day you’ll experience romance. You will have times of grief. You will have accomplishments and celebrations. But will your story have a happy ending? Do you know? Can you know?
Let’s say you’re in a slump. Maybe you’re having a hard time at school. Maybe there are mean girls you must deal with. Maybe your family is going through a difficult time. Maybe you weren’t picked to be on the team you wanted.
What do these hard times mean in the big story? I’m not going to tell you that you should just get over it and move on. No. Hard times hurt. It’s ok to have feelings. But what if you knew the ending was going to be a happy one? Wouldn’t that help you keep your chin up? What if you knew you would win in the end? Wouldn’t that help you keep trying? What if you knew true beauty lasts forever? Wouldn’t that help you be kind to your enemies?
Well, I bet you can guess what I’m leading up to, can’t you? Yes! As a daughter of the King, you win because HE has won. If Jesus is your Lord, you’ve put your faith in Him, and you’re living for Him, then HE IS WRITING YOUR STORY!
My sweet friends, He is writing a GOOD story! He loves you. He has amazing things planned for you. Jesus came to give you abundant life. He has created you to sparkle. The more and more you live for Him, slowly, but surely, you begin to shine.
Warning! This does not mean that life will always be easy! The Lord will use hard times in your life to make you even better. I know you might be tempted to wonder why God would allow you to suffer. I know you might wonder if He’s there with you. I promise you He IS WITH YOU. Remember, you can’t always see the happy ending in a movie or a book when the plot is thickening. The bad times are just a tiny piece of the big story. They are just a fleeting moment.
I bet you know the story of Joseph. Remember? His brothers were jealous of him, so they sold him as a slave. Joseph ended up in a country far from his home. But, he proved to be hard-working and capable, so he was given an important job. Then someone told a lie about him that landed him in jail. He was in jail for years. While in jail, he continued to live with wisdom and integrity, so he was even put in charge in the prison! He helped a friend in the jail who quickly forgot about him. But eventually the King needed his help. Joseph saved the day and was promoted by the king as second in command. Joseph made wise choices for the kingdom and eventually ended up saving the lives of his brothers! Yes! The brothers who sold him into slavery! This act of mercy on Joseph’s part ultimately led to the salvation of God’s Holy family – the Hebrews. Whew! That was a quick recap of the story of Joseph, but did you notice all the ups and downs? Don’t you think Joseph was tempted to question God’s hand in his life while he was sitting in prison for years? He couldn’t possibly know the plan God had for him. God used Joseph to save His chosen people, the Israelites. Wow.
I’ll take the idea of hardship one step further. To follow Jesus, you must be prepared to live the way he did. He was not always loved. In fact, he was most often rejected. People tried to kill Him. Mobs chased Him. “Important” people framed Him. Ultimately He willingly gave Himself up to be crucified. But guess what? When Jesus gave up his physical life, he took on all our sin. He took our punishment so that we could be made in right relationship with God again. You see…Jesus defeated eternal (forever) death. When we put our faith in Him, we can live with Him in eternity after our physical bodies die. We don’t get eternal punishment. We get eternal joy. Jesus beat death. Jesus beat Satan. And because HE won, you win.
Trust the one who made you. Trust that He has a plan for you. Trust He loves you with a never-ending love. He is there with you, even in the pain. One day, you’ll see how He will use that pain to make you sparkle.