Living Out of a Story
My dad tells a story about being in the Air Force. My dad’s unit was taken out to the officer’s golf course and told to dig a ditch for the irrigation system. After several hours of digging that ditch in the Louisiana sun, a sergeant asked my dad, “Can you drive a truck?” My dad says he knew two things. First, if anyone else had learned to drive a truck, he could drive a truck. And second, it had to be easier than digging that ditch.
Believe it or not, that story became a story that I lived out of. Let me tell you what I mean. Whenever I am faced with a moment that I am not sure I can handle, I remember what my dad said. If anyone else has done it, I probably can do it, and most of the time it’s going to be better than what I am doing now.
This is why reading Bible stories is so important for us as believers. They become the stories that we live out of. . .
Moses in front of Pharaoh
Gideon and his 300
David in front of Goliath
Paul and Silas in prison
Jesus in Gethsemane
These are the stories that stick with us, the ones we remember from our childhood. They come to mind when we are in those moments when we don’t know what to do. We can remember what some of our heroes did, and remember that the same Jesus who stood with them, now stands with us. They did it. Maybe we can too.
One of my favorite stories is Paul in front of the Roman governors. Each time he was asked to defend himself, Paul, instead, preached a sermon. When I read these stories they remind me to use every opportunity I have to tell someone about Jesus.
I live out of this story.
What is your favorite story?
How do you live out of this story?