Someone mentioned in class that we need to be careful about what other people think of our story. It made me realize that one question we haven’t asked is “Who is the audience for my story?” As much as we want the approval of our friends and family, I’m wondering if I’m really trying to tell my story for them or for me. I am working with God to tell my story. It seems to me that those are the only two opinions that really matter. Maybe being a “people pleaser” is one of the things that is hijacking our story.
Donald Miller says in Module 2 of Storyline, “God created us with a need for food and water, but He doesn’t become food and water. He created us with a need for community, but He doesn’t become multiple people and invite us to go bowling. God created us with desires He fulfills through means He provides. Or, better said, all our needs are not met in Christ, though they may be met by Christ.”
We all need community and other players in our story. I guess the hard part is drawing other people into your story without letting their needs and desires write the plot for you. If someone knows an easy way to do that, please let me know.
This reminded me of a poem I heard a long time ago that states the point much better than I just did:
The Man in the Glass
When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to a mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that man has to say.
For it isn’t your father or mother or wife,
Who judgment upon you must pass;
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one starring back from the glass.
He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest.
For he’s with you clear up to the end,
And you’ve passed the most dangerous, difficult test
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,
And think you’re a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years.
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be the heartaches and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.
Dale Wimbrow (c) 1934