If you want to get to know someone, you must know their story.
In every story there’s a past, present and a future. One thing I’ve learned this past year is everyone and I do mean everyone has a story. You have a story. And for many of us, our stories are full of disappointment and devastating failures than there are of joy and fulfillment. For you to understand who I am, I must tell you my story. And your story contains many lingering questions, also.
Who am I, really?
Why am I here?
What’s it all about anyway?
What am I supposed to be doing?
In your life’s story, what is the plot and what role do you play? Many of you know what I’m talking about…the little voice somewhere inside of you – some of us call it ‘our gut’ or ‘intuition’ or our ‘guardian angel’ but it does have a name. There’s more to ‘this’, there’s ‘something missing’ and ‘I was made for so much more than this.’ All of these messages call out to us. In the Kevin Costner movie, Field of Dreams, the ‘voice’ from the corn field initially whispered…”if you build it, he will come.” Hokey? Maybe. But something was missing wasn’t it. The premise led Costner’s character on a journey, an adventure. This same message is calling out to you today!
Some of us know one another and some of us do not. For whatever reason, you stumbled upon #ManUp. Maybe the group has been a comfortable word of encouragement to you. For some, it’s nothing more than messages on a social platform you stumble upon occasionally. Whatever ‘it’ is, something draws you. When the young prophet Samuel heard the ‘voice’ calling to him in the night, he went to Eli to find out what he should do. Rather than ignoring it, Samuel chose to listen. For some of you, you have no mentors, no sounding board, no one to go to so we don’t understand who or what the ‘voice’ is saying or trying to do. All I know is He’s trying to get your attention.
In the busy-ness of our lives, we don’t recognize the sound. We sometimes miss it. We’ve locked away our own self sabotage as a faithful Christian silencing that voice only to bring it out in matters of duty or obligation. We maintain a safe distance from ourselves and our hearts so we can live life in a comfortable vacuum isolated and insulated from anything that could harm us. The ‘voice’ is trying to let you in on a journey of great joy. Not a simple joy or a singular happy moment, but great joy!
“With every step of our lives we enter into the middle of some story which we are certain to misunderstand.” – G.K. Chesterton