Does your story matter?
Can you name all your great-grandparents? There are few people I've ever known that can. In fact, the majority of people I ask that question cannot name one great-grandparent. It's amazing, isn't it?
One day your family won't remember you. At best, you can hope for a few of your great-grandchildren remembering your name and something about seeing you once or twice during a holiday.
I'm not bringing this up to put you into a bad mood.
Almost all of us will be forgotten within a generation of our passing.
I think it's important though to think about this simple thought: "Does your story matter?"
Your answer depends totally on whom you are living for.
Our natural tendency is to wake up every day and try to make a name for ourselves. We believe that if we make a little more money, attain a little more fame, have a little more power or if a few more people love us, then our story will be significant. If we can just get our name in lights, then we will be something.
Jesus confronted this type of thinking 2,000 years ago, and his words matter for us today. He taught that the one who tries to save his life will lose it, and the one who loses it for his sake will save it. He boldly challenges our default drive to live for ourselves by asking this question,
“What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses himself?” (Luke 9:24-25)
Jesus knew that God’s story, the gospel, would matter eternally. One of the sayings we have at our church is “let God write your story.”
When we submit to His gospel, the story of Jesus, that is when we find true life. When we allow God to write the chapters of our lives, that is when we will find incredible joy, hope and peace not only in this life, but in the one to come.
The Rev. Ben Rudolf is lead pastor at Providence, a non-denominational church that meets at Lincoln Charter High School, 7834 Galway Lane, Denver. Details: www.providencenc.org.