The story of our lives
We are by default part of a story, a global one at that – everyone is in the cast. Billion characters living their story – together. Each one battling with the nagging question: “What is my role?” Knowing that we’re in the cast helps us to orient ourselves into a communal “us” and saves us from the poisonous tendency to live life for ourselves. Over the weekend we discussed our story and in the context of THE STORY. In “The Lord of the Rings” there’s a great scene where Sam wonders out loud on Frode and his role in the story – how will they remember me?
We can be sure that God is the Author of the story and we have to keep our tendencies of coveting the role of main actor/actress in check. One of my disciplines for the last few months has been staying in the movie till all the credits finished. It’s amazing to look at all the people involved in producing a two hour story – all the “behind the scenes” stuff. Some times this discipline served me pretty well (like at the end of the second Matrix movie when they gave a glimps of the movie to come).
John the Baptist had a good perspective on his role and especially what it’s not. The people started a rumor that he might be the Messiah, i love his response:
I’m baptizing you here in the river. The main character in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will ignite the kingdom life, a fire, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.”
Let’s pray John’s prayer,
He must become greater I must become less