Watched the first part of Steven Furtick’s Living A Better Story with my teens today – awesome.
Steven Furtick is such a great communicator and someone who studies the Word deeply. I was blessed and I could tell by the expression on their faces, the teens were engaged and got something out of the message too.
Here are a few things I picked up from it:
16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
– Colossians 1:16-20
Q: If you could sum up the elements of a good story, what would it be?
According to Ps Furtick, a story is: A character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it. In the above passage, the character is God and what He wants is supremacy (this isn’t egotistical because he is the director, the script writer, the set designer, the budget provider etc. and when you are all these things, the story you write can be whatever you want it to be) and to reconcile all things to himself. God overcomes conflict (the sin of the world) by the blood of Jesus to get it.
As this is just part 1 of a four-part series, Ps Furtick was just building a foundation for the coming weeks. There was a lot more Scripture involved here but here were things I jotted down…
4 Reasons why our stories suck/struggle
- We have cast the wrong main character
- When we make our stories all about ‘me’ and what I want, it’s meaningless
- If your story doesn’t revolve around God’s glory, it won’t be a story worth telling
- We are working off the wrong screen play
- We get handed scripts by our culture telling that a new car, a new house, a new toy will make us more happy but God has a better plan in mind for our lives
- What we want isn’t worth enough
- Kinda like point 2 – what I wrote down as a worthy desire was the one by Paul: ‘That I may know Christ’ and to let my life be his canvas
- It’s not a bad thing to want something, but it’s the motivation and what’s at the core of that want
- We try to skip the scenes that make our stories matter
- We always want to skip the hard things but it’s only when we embrace the story that God is developing in our lives, will it be worthwhile and meaningful
- i.e. It was the crucifixion that made the resurrection possible and powerful
Lord, may my story be one that brings you all the glory. My life is your canvas. You are the main character – may I never forget it. Let me embrace all that you have for me.
– Ames –