Then came last Sunday and I began to see that God is indeed the Great Knitter of my life.
My husband and I were sitting in our usual pew in the sunshine. (I have no idea why I sit there. I am after all, 'of a certain age' and really don't need to be warmed by the sun) But a fellow writer, a good friend of mine, slid in beside me and all of us began to listen to the message that day.
The new series is called 'Living A Better Story'.
Our pastor asked what do we need to do in each of our lives to make each a better story. What does a 'writer' of each story need to do?
I leaned over to my writer friend and whispered, "Kill your darlings."
She giggled. It's a common answer when writing a book. Especially a murder mystery.
But I'm thinking that isn't exactly what our Pastor wants us to do.
Then our Pastor held up an index card and said, "I want all of you to write down something you want out of your life and why."
Oh, great, homework.
But bad memories of high school aside, his request got me thinking. What do I want? And why?
Naturally, I want to write that blockbuster, sell the movie rights and have the movie and all involved in it to win all the Oscars.
And why? So everyone earns millions of dollars.
Okaaaay, let's take a step back. It's good to have lofty goals, but what do I want that lines up with God's Plan? If I wanted to lose weight, why not write down spiritually healthy reasons why I want to lose weight.
I'd feel better and could do more.
I'd be encouraging others to make healthy choices in life.
I could help out in church more because I'd be healthier.
But although I could stand to lose a few pounds, what do I want out of my life?
I want to write a great story, and touch people's lives for Christ. I want to follow the Holy Spirit's leading and encourage those who read my books to turn to God more. I hope my latest book, Sheltered by the Warrior, does that.
I would be helping others.
I would be stretching myself and learning to be a better writer.
Yes, that's a bit more in line with what my Pastor was thinking. Yes, I do want to live a better story. And I want to live a better story for Christ. So suddenly, my need to write a blog today is knitted together with my church's sermon series and what I need to do with my life.
Do you need to Live a Better Story? What would you do, and why?