Monday, October 4, 2010

Your History and His Story

Welcome to October!

As crisp days and cooler nights send our families out to work, play, study, and gather to celebrate together, I want to pass on an exercise from R.C. Sproul called "Making History Count."

Sproul challenges you to do three things:

1. Jot down the five most meaningful compliments you’ve ever received.

2. Write down the five most important events in your life. Write briefly why these “historic” moments are so important to you.

3. Ask, if Rembrandt could paint only one portrait of you, what would he have you doing in the portrait? What is your fruitful moment?

(See the blog post for full details.)

This is a great exercise for families to share together over a meal, in the evening as you recap your day, or before bed. Why?

Sproul says, "Our history is not the result of blind fate or the impersonal forces of chance. My personal history and yours are bound up with the Author and Lord of history, who makes my personal history count forever."

Each of our stories, and those of our family and friends, are part of a larger story. Not only that, but our experiences of joy, forgiveness, and grace echo back His story: His joy over us (Zephaniah 3:17); His mercy (Isaiah 30:18); and His gift of grace (Romans 5:7-8).

So go ahead--tell your story, and echo in celebration as a family today!

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