Not all stories are the same. And it’s important to know the genre to interpret the events as they unfold. As such, living in a story of redemption helps us to interpret the events of our life.
Comedies are very different than thrillers and each genre comes with its own interpretation.
If a person falls in a comedy, for example, we typically laugh. But this is generally not our response in a thriller. Here we probably gasp.
The same action has a different interpretation and response based on the type of story being told.
What sort of story have we fallen into? And how do we make sense of the events of our life?
For many, as we look back over our past mistakes and sins, we tell ourselves a story of shame, guilt, and blame. And we then seem to swing to one of two extremes.
For instance, we might take a sort of pride in just how bad and shameful our past has been – like we’re trying to win the worst sinner award.
Or, we might try to deny or distance ourselves from our past – as if we never struggled or messed things up.
Both of these approaches are shortsighted.
To redeem means to buy back. And to live in a story of redemption assumes we have a need to be restored to our original goodness.
As such, there’s no room for pride or false humility. We’ve all sinned and we’re all redeemable.
A story of redemption doesn’t deny our past nor does it keep us stuck there. In fact, all the ugliness we wish we could forget is a reminder that God is not done with us yet.
We are still being redeemed.
Live in a story of redemption and discover the many ways God is restoring your life for good.
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