How Do You Tell Your Story?

Many of you know that I’ve been following the story of Kate McRay, a little girl who is battling brain cancer. As I read her mom’s blog this morning she shared a bit of thier story:

2 years ago I thought life was stressful. We were again uprooting our family, this time to move to the desert, the suburbs of Phoenix that is. We were moving to start a church none the less. And we were raising money to live on in a less than favorable economy. Not the practical choice in many eyes. We were excited and overwhelmed at the same time. Excited about the possiblities, overwhelmed knowing if God didn’t come through for us, we were in trouble.

I think about those days often. The things I worried about, the things I failed to enjoy amidst the uncertainties. And now we find ourselves in a far more stressful, far more uncertain and heartbreaking situation. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t secretly wish we could go back to those pre cancer days. That I wouldn’t take those stressful moments in exchange for the ones we now face. That I don’t wish I would have taken each day as it came and simply cherished having my three babies home under one roof. Little did we know the mountain that lay ahead as we were so busy climbing that hill.

Many of us have shared that experience – what we thought were the hardest days of our lives so quickly can change, and in light of our new circumstances we se them as “the good old days”.

So how do you assess your story? Paul Tripp wrote recently, “If Jesus promised to never leave you, then difficulty is not a sign of his unfaithfulness and inattention, but of his refining love.”

Do you put in the effort to bring your story in line with the story of the gospel? “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”, Paul writes in Romans 8:31. What proof does he offer for this position? “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” That redically redefines the way we see all of our lives.

I encourage you to read the whole post by Holly and keep Kate in your prayers.


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