Every living thing has a story to tell. From the giant oaks that have seen ages go by to that of a puppy who ended up at a dog pound and then adopted by a loving family and to you reading this post. Everyone has a story of their journey that has led them to the place in their lives they are currently at and in many cases, to where their story goes and ends. The story of our lives, like a good book, has a beginning, a middle, and an end. The beginning is written for us by God and our parents, but the middle and end is largely written by our own actions and decisions. While our parents are our principal story creators, we are ultimately the sole author of our biography. Our decisions is the pen that guides the invisible hand to write down our story from our experiences.
Once upon a time, I was a young boy dreaming of adventure. I then became a man and felt as if those dreams would never come to fruition as the stresses of adulthood began to fade those dreams and goals like an old memory tucked away to never be revealed again. Then I met a girl and ended up living abroad, moving to a different state, working abroad again, and now looking to write the next chapter and see where it goes. Of course, there was plenty of heartbreak, loss, and joy mixed in through that time. As with any good story, there will be ups and downs, unexpected surprises, and failure, perseverance, and triumph of the protagonist. In my short synopsis of my life story so far, I left out the failures and heartbreaks, but they’re definitely there and helped guide where I am today, for better or worst. Everyone will experience these ups and downs, so it’s important to not let them shape the rest of our stories. They’re only one part of it, we’re still in control of the changes we choose to make and the dreams we choose to chase.
Every chapter also offers a chance for a new beginning. In the words of Semisonic’s Closing Time, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” True words to remember, especially when life hits you hard. If we don’t find joy in the direction our story is going, like a author writing his masterpiece, we have some control over things in our lives even if we don’t have full control. Even if we can’t erase the past, we can write the future to the extent that God allows us.
Once upon a time . . . . how did your story begin and where is it heading? Are you happy with where it is? If not, what can you do to change it?