I Want To Be A Part Of The Story

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

This time of year is a flurry of activity with plays, music performances, Nativity reenactments, and stories galore. Seems everyone wants to be a part of the story of Jesus’ birth.

The Christmas before Pie’s fifth birthday he was a shepherd in the church Christmas program. He knew his part, and the parts of everyone else in the play. When the teen next to Pie forgot his part at one point of the performance, Pie nudged him with his elbow and said, “It’s your turn.” And fed the boy his lines. Too cute.

 

While we want to be a part of telling the story of Jesus’ birth through plays, concerts, and stories, I wonder. Are we equally excited to be a part of telling the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and what that means to the world?

As the last days of the Apostle Peter’s life drew near, he made it his mission to remind his listeners of the truths he told them. He wanted to “wake them up with a reminder” so they would not forget the story of Peter’s life that was entwined with the life of Christ.

The words Peter preached were not cleverly contrived myths. They were eyewitness accounts of Christ’s majesty.

Peter warned the early believers not to become complacent. He warned them not to let the things of the world influence their life story. The same warnings hold true for followers of Jesus today, just as surely as they did when Peter spoke them.

Peter was an eyewitness to Jesus’ glory. He heard God say Jesus was God’s son in whom God was well pleased. Peter was part of Jesus’ story.

 

While we may not be a part of the Christmas pageant, we can be part of Jesus’ story by being eyewitnesses who share the story God is writing on our life with others. Our story is not cleverly contrived. It is the truth as God has shown it to us.

How are you a part of someone else’s story?

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I plan to keep on reminding you of these things even though you already know them and are really getting along quite well! 2 Peter 1:12 (TLB)

I wish you well,

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — The End of the Book

Isaiahby Sandy Kirby Quandt

Are you one of those who like to know the end of a story before you finish the book?

Or do you wait for the story to unfold and enjoy the journey?

I am of the first group. Pilot is of the second.

I like to know what is going to happen. Pilot is content to see what happens.

Maybe it’s a control issue on my part. Maybe it’s wanting to make sure the book is worth the investment of my time. Maybe it’s to make sure there are no dead dogs.

The first time I realized you didn’t have to read a book sequentially all the way to the end, that you could jump around and read the pages out of order, I was in 4th grade. I was stunned to hear one of my friends tell our teacher he read the ending of A Wrinkle in Time without reading the whole book. Horrors! What was he thinking?

Then I started doing the same thing. If a story piqued my interest and I couldn’t stand to know how the book ended, which was pretty often, I’d jump to the last couple chapters. Satisfied the book ended the way I wanted it to, I’d get back to reading the whole thing from where I left off.

Do you think that could be why today we have the entire Scripture written in one complete manuscript? So we can jump to the end of the book and see how it all ends?

A friend of mine used to say, “I know how the Story ends. Christ wins.”

What a comfort. We know how the story ends. Jesus Christ is the Victor, Conqueror, Mighty Warrior, King of kings and Lord of lords, and he invites us to be part of his story; part of his victory.

We don’t need to fret with whether the Author of the story gives us a satisfying ending or not. He definitely does. We don’t need to wonder if the journey is worth the investment of our time, either. Because it definitely is.  And because of that, we can get back to where we left off and lead our lives triumphantly straight through to the end.

So which one are you? Read straight through, or jump to the end of the book?

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Then he showed me the river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal as it flowed from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of the street of the city and on either bank of the river grew the tree of life, bearing twelve fruits, a different kind for each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Nothing that has cursed mankind shall exist any longer; the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be within the city. His servants shall worship him; they shall see his face, and his name will be upon their foreheads. Night shall be no more; they have no more need for either lamplight or sunlight, for the Lord God will shed his light upon them and they shall reign as kings for timeless ages. Revelation 22:1-5 (Phillips)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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