Your life is like a book authored by God. Impossible you say. What makes me so important that He would write a book about you? Well, He loves you.
Life is like a book. When you meet someone, you never know which chapter of their life you have entered. But when you figure that out, you’re better able to relate to them. At the same time, your life is like a series of chapters being written too. Don’t neglect to think about where you’re at in your own story.
Your Neverending Story
Furthermore, our stories all have context—interrelated conditions in which someone or something exists—that makes us who we are. Our backgrounds. Our experiences, parents, beliefs, and geographic locations. The list of factors that shape us into who we are is endless. In other words, nobody lives in a bubble. We are who we are based on myriad factors—and the better we understand what those factors are, the better equipped we will be to deal with conflict.
So context matters. One of the reasons we experience tension is because of the context of our lives.
And more than any other factor, your view of God is extremely important in how it shapes your story. If you feel God has let you down, your story is shaped or reshaped. You feel like God exists but isn’t present in your life, your story is shaped or reshaped. God is your Creator, your God,your God Savior, your story is shaped or reshaped.
Conflict with others
When you are in conflict with another person, you’d do well to remember that their view of God is extremely important for their story too. Do you know what they think about God?
Think about them in terms of what they tell us we can be sure is true of God.
God is the Creator – Psalm 139:13–14; Isaiah 40:28
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
God is holy and the ultimate Judge- James 4:12; 1 Pet. 1:14–16
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:14-16
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?
God sent his Son as the Savior of the world Romans 5:6–8
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God is a Protector – 2 Thessalonians: 3-3
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
God is merciful – Psalm 145:9
The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
Understanding God like that is a good background for writing the rest of your story!