Your Story is Part of God’s Story
by Kenneth Boa
Realizations [of life’s hardships] can be devastating for people whose expectations are limited to this planet and its oﬀerings, but they are only moments, not the whole story. Everyone has a broken story, and everyone has a choice. When moments like these come, you can embrace your broken story and repair it by setting it in the context of a greater story, one that begins and ends well. Your pain can bring redemption when it forces you to reexamine what you believe. An eternal perspective can change everything, and it can help you to make sense of the story you are living right now.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we ﬁx our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (Corinthians 4:17-18)
An eternal perspective is one that sees that while life on earth is important, it’s not all there is. This perspective is anchored in the faith that what the Bible says about eternity is true: God knew us before we were born, he is with us while we are on earth, and Jesus has prepared a place for his followers to one day live with him forever. There are better things for us that we cannot see yet. The Bible says that God has set eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). And C. S. Lewis says, “If I ﬁnd in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” An eternal perspective acknowledges these longings and believes that God gave them to us as a reminder to set our hope on him and on things that will last forever. When we begin to develop an eternal perspective, we take on our new life in Christ and we see everything diﬀerently. With this new perspective, we can see the true story about us; it is a far better story than we could have ever imagined.
We let eternity inform our present day and live each day in light of the fact that we will one day see Christ. This is an eternal, biblical way of seeing. It runs contrary to the idea that coming into contact with our mortality is a bad thing; instead, it oﬀers hope. Pain and sorrow, disappointments and shattered dreams in this world get contextualized into God’s bigger picture when we begin to see that the story is not over at the end of this life.
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