Sun, Sep 03, 2017
by Chris Russell
My Story week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on September 3, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. How many of you enjoy reading a good book? Chapter after chapter, page after page of gripping tales of adventure, tragedy and triumph. You could hardly wait to see what was going to happen next. The author had a way of just taking you on the journey with them through it all. A great author has the ability to do that. The story they weave just hooks you and you are along for the ride. The greatest story ever written was mine because it was written by me – I was the hero, I was the one who had all my dreams come true, I was the one who won the race, I was the one who came up with the greatest invention of all time, I was the one who was rich and famous, I was the one that everybody else wanted to be like…. my stories were simply awesome! But then something happened…. I grew up…. and I later realized that the greatest stories were never meant to be written by us – they are written and are meant to be written by God alone. So... How do we live a story that is worth telling? Hebrews 12:2 When we fix our eyes on Jesus we become fully aware that you and I were never intended to be the authors of our own lives. God’s purpose and plan for our lives is so much better than anything you and I could possibly write and when we turn the pen, or pencil, or (screen) typewriter or keyboard over to Him, our life starts to make much better sense and the stories just keep getting better and better. Today’s single word is… START The reality is there are certain habits, certain disciplines, that when you practice those habits and disciplines, they have a way of spilling forward into positive momentum and other positive habits. However, in the same way, the absence of those very key and specific habits and disciplines can cause your undisciplined lifestyle to unravel and spiral out of control. Sometimes when we don’t have a healthy habit or discipline in our lives, our lives can unravel in very bad ways and lead to some bad chapters in our stories. Daniel is such a powerful example in the scripture. Daniel 6:4-5 Daniel 6:10 Making God the Author of My Story What does God want you to want? What Do You Need to Start? The decisions that you make today will determine the story that you tell tomorrow. 1 Kings 20:13-14 Seek God, fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, He will help you author the right story.