We all tend to be drawn to very intense stories with suspenseful characters and suspenseful moments but personally the novel itself always must have a good ending. As I was reading I realized there were many correlations of living a life with Christ and a novel. What kind of person do you want to be as you walk with Christ? How do we live a suspenseful life like these characters in a book? Lastly, What do we make most relevant in our story?
How do we become an interesting character? Many ask the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” This question is asked frequently. I couldn’t count on my fingers the amount of heartbreaking stories I’ve heard from family and friends about trials and tribulations that have affected them in one way or another. If you’re anything like me situations we have or things that happen in our lives cause us to shut down. We realize that feeling so deeply hurts; because of this we attempt to “turn off” these emotions. When this occurs we succeed at feeling less. We aren’t able to feel the true joy of special moments but we sure get out of the feelings of being alone and truly depressed. I’ll ask you a question now, “How do you think this affects your spiritual life?” Do you not think when you do this it also impacts what you feel in your spiritual life?
James chapter 1 verse 12 “For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.”
Like the way that an interesting story draws more people to read it, if we live our life like this our story will draw many to wonder why our lives are so worth living.
What kind of character do you want to be? Most stories have your typical “bad guys” and “good guys.” How do we differentiate the two? We look at their goal. The heroes and villains of stories normally both experience trials but how do they respond to them? What emotions do they harness because of these circumstances? Villains tend to harness anger and live through that and the result is hatred and decisions rooted in evil. Heroes see bad circumstances as an opportunity to help others. They grow up seeing the gaps and look for darkness in order to be a light to it.
“You’re here to be a light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. Matthew 5:14”
If we want to be a hero then we must do this, be a light to the darkness. What does this look like for us?
” Teach with your life. You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on the counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Exercise daily in God-a disciplined life in God making you fit both today and forever. Keep a firm grasp on your character. 1 Timothy 4”
A hero gains credibility by the way they live. Many know of superman because of the many lives that he’s saved. Our character and the way we live our life we show credibility to who we are in Christ. How is someone supposed to believe in a God who can do anything if we can’t keep a control on our actions or be patient and soft in the way we speak?
What is the point/theme of your story? There are so many types of stories out there. Romance, fiction, mystery, and bibliographies are just a few. If our life were a novel it would probably be under the autobiography section. An autobiography is a novel that you would write about yourself. The next question would be what is the point of your story? What would be the theme of the story be that you’re writing? The theme of the book normally depends on what’s most relevant in a story. What in your life do you make most important or what do you spend the most time on in your life that would contribute to the theme or your novel?
“The health of the apple tells the health of the tree. You must begin with your own life-giving lives. It’s who you are and not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds. Luke 6:44-45”
We can never get away living a double life eventually those around us will see through our façade. Although we may try to live a typical Christian life if our heart isn’t in the right place it won’t take long to see. What type of story are you going to write for yourself? God has our perfect story written out in the most beautiful novel. Who do you believe is a better author? Will you allow God to guide you in writing your story or will you take the pen and attempt to write what you believe to be a better one.