We all have a story to tell, right?
Your life, after all, is one big story that gets written a day at a time.
Of course, every story is different in one way or another, but we all have a lot more in common than we realize.
Can you list all the movies that retell Cinderella?
Exactly. There’s too many to count.
The premise is the same but the small details–time, place, etc–are what make it different.
Our world is filled with brokenness: tragedy, addiction, abuse, divorce. Listen to enough stories and you hear about these things.
No one escapes life without a few sad chapters, with pages covered with tears, blood, and grime.
I am finding, though, that the greatest stories of redemption are found in books where sad chapters give way to victorious chapters.
The victorious chapters are when the villains–and all their filthy, disgusting lies–get their butts kicked.
Love, joy, mercy, hope, grace, forgiveness…..
These are the key elements of victorious chapters.
But you have to remember that victorious chapters cannot replace the sad ones.
No amount of time or distance can eliminate the past.
Think of it this way:
If I read a book and hate the first half, I can’t decide to only read the second half next time. The story wouldn’t make any sense.
What I can do is choose to see how the character made peace with the past in order to move on.
I said earlier that we’re all more alike than we realize.
We’re all alike because we’re all storytellers.
Maybe you didn’t write the first part of your story.
Let that go.
Focus on the story you get to write.
Focus on the victorious chapters.
And share the hope–the redemption in your story–with the world.