Embrace Your Story


I think understanding your life as a story is a really terrific way of kind of knowing where you are and knowing who you are.

Donald Miller

I’ve seen The Wizard of Oz a thousand times, and there’s still something inside of me that wants to reach inside the movie to tell Dorothy to throw water on the Wicked Witch at the beginning of the movie instead of waiting until the end.

I’ve seen It’s A Wonderful Life a hundred times, and there’s always something inside of me that wants to tell George Bailey and his friends not to go sledding onto the ice.

I’ve seen Back To The Future many, many times, and there’s always something inside of me that wants to throw some plutonium into the DeLorean before Marty McFly goes back in time.

Have you ever watched a movie that you’ve seen before?  Even though you know what will happen, do you ever wish you could change the outcome of the movie or of a scene from the movie?

What if you knew how to change the outcome of something in your life?  How would that change your life?

We all have a story.  We all have regrets.  We all have somethings in our lives that we’d like to alter.

But what if those things were meant to be?  What if we came to appreciate how our past shaped us for today?

We can’t change the past, but we can change the way we look at it.  We can also chose to use our past to push us ahead to the future.

After all, Dorothy may never have learned the lesson that “there’s no place like home” if she hadn’t endured the trials brought on by the Wicked Witch.  George Bailey may never have learned the true blessing of friendship if he never lost his hearing in the frozen pond water.  And Marty McFly may never have learned the value of family and the value of standing up for others if he went right back to 1985 instead of staying in 1955 for a while.

What part of your story do you need to learn to embrace?  How has your story impacted who you are today?