Sunday, August 15, 2010

make it a good one, part 2

The Word for today:
Psalm 106:1-33

[Psalms 105 and 106 read like a journal of the relationship between God and Israel. Beginning with yesterday's article and concluding today, Stand in the Rain will develop the concept of the story you are writing with your life.]

Psalms 105 and 106 read like a journal of the relationship between God and Israel. There are many, many biblical passages which read the same way.

These passages tell us that the history of a relationship is important to God. Think, for a second, about what that might mean. What if God keeps not just collective journals--about his children--but individual journals about each child.

Well, there's no ifs about it. We find throughout scripture the mention of various books, their contents yet to be revealed, which chronicle our individual lives.

Right about here you're sensing that you're going to get a heavy dose of So Be Good for Goodness Sake:
You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why...

He's making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice...

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
But no, you won't be getting that here. We're assuming you're already making that attempt.

What we urge you to do is to live out not just a good list, but a good story, a love story for God to write in his journal.  Live out a good, great, grand, sensational, sizzling, scintillating love story for God to record in his book.

Love him madly, foolishly, recklessly.  Achieve--or at least attempt--wildly.  Fail greatly.  If you're going to break your leg, may you fall off a cliff and not a stepladder!  Of these are the good stories made.

And if the hero must die, may it not be of broken bones, but of a broken heart.  If the hero must die, may it be in the rescue of others, and not in self defense.  For of these was the Greatest Story made.

God's not writing lists in those books.  He's writing your story.  Go and make it a good one.

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