Everyone has a story.
Some of us get the chance to share our story. Some of us never do. God started our story long before we were born, before we were conceived, before the foundations of the world.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1:5)
While everyone has a story, many of us don’t get to live our own story. Why is that?
Some people don’t get to live their own story because they would rather live someone else’s story. Instead of talking about their own experiences, they get into the conversation only by mentioning what someone else has done. For example, “My sister went to Hawaii last year.” “My cousin shops at that mall.” “My mother can bake a good chocolate cake.” Do you know people like that? They talk about everybody else’s experiences and accomplishments, but they never share their own story.
Some people don’t get to live their own story because they put their lives on hold while they make sure someone else is living his or her dream. For example, a single parent chooses not to take that college course because she is sending her son to camp for the fifth consecutive summer. A couple doesn’t go on a well deserved vacation because their teenager wants his room remodeled. Another person can’t buy that suit she wants because she is sending her spouse to medical school.
We claim we will do what we want to do only after we help others do what they want to do. When we spend our entire life sacrificing for others, we never get to live our own life.
Don’t take your story go to the grave with you. Don’t let your tombstone bear this inscription: “An Unfinished Life.” Live your own life. Have a story to tell…not through your family or friends, but through the life God has given YOU!