I was roaming through Chapters the other day (one of my favorite places to be), when my boys bee-lined for the breakables. I’m not usually in the habit of bringing my boys to any place where they can wreck stuff (which is basically everywhere) but I had heard of this great book and naively believed I could be in and out in 5 minutes tops.
Such a rookie mistake.
Naturally their “go for the jugular spidey senses” were tingling and when I saw their eyes lock on the coffee mugs I may of briefly felt like I were having a heart attack. I wasn’t sure whether to yell, “I’m having a heart attack!” or, “Incoming wrecking balls!”
But I didn’t have to shout anything because suddenly they stopped.
Just a few feet shy of a potential Chapters implosion, something miraculous distracted my boys to a dead halt. Oh sweet heavens, thank you. When I walked over to see what supernatural intervention saved us all from cataclysmic demolition, I have to say, never have I been more excited to see teddy bears. And if you know my boys, then yes, a teddy bear distraction is most definitely a supernatural intervention.
As I breathed a sigh of relief, I glanced up to see the beautiful display of mugs that had almost been obliterated. Oh you beautiful things, you don’t even know what was just about to happen to you. But then, in God’s ever subtle way and in His oh so perfect timing, allowed my eyes to catch sight of some cool typography on one particular mug. I walked over to it, stared and it, and read: Life is a story. Make yours a best seller. Suddenly my devotions from that very morning came flooding back in such a way that my heart felt, once again, like it were having a heart attack.
”Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it – not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives – and we publish it.” 2 Corinthians 3:3
In other words, your life is a beautiful mug on display. The message you bring to the world is what you wear on your front every single day – your face, your words, your mannerisms, your love, your acts of service, your character, your values, your actions. Everything about your life is an opportunity for people to “read” what you are all about. You can either spread your own message, or you can spread the message of Christ.
Either way, your life is a story, and there’s only one way to make it a best seller.