Stories

Old Woman Reading a Book by Pieter van den Bos, circa 1650

Old Woman Reading a Book by Pieter van den Bos, circa 1650

 

“You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman.”

— Max Lucado, The Christmas Candle

 

 

 

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Sharing your life with others

One of the most important parts of the Brushfires mission is to share God’s beautiful plan with people and help them find their place in God’s story. Our ministry focuses primarily on issues related to sexuality and relationships, but sees these matters as an entry point from which we can talk about calling and identity. In his book, The 2:10 Project, Marc Fey writes:

“Our calling is one of wonder and mystery. We want you to see that you are that wonder and your life in God is that mystery. The Living God extends a deeply personal and absolutely unique call to each of us. He invites us to find our calling, and He generously offers us the opportunity to experience a deep joy when we engage our place in His story of redemption. I’ve found the truth in Frederick Buechner’s poignant observation: ‘The place God calls you is where your deep gladness and the world’s hunger meet.'”

As we begin to find our calling and our true identity, we also see how the story of our life intersects with the stories of those around us. Technology makes it easier than ever to share our stories, but has, paradoxically, made each of our stories seem like so much trivia. But we are of inestimable worth to God the Father! He cherishes each of us, and assures us that our unique experiences are essential in the story is He sharing with the world.

There is more to sharing stories than feeling good about ourselves, though. Jesus used stories to help people see the truth about the hearts and God’s love for them. Who has not gasped at the divine forgiveness shown to the Prodigal Son? Who has not felt anger at the injustice committed against the owner of the vineyard, whose son is killed by greedy tenants? Who has not hung her head in shame when witnessing the lack of compassion shown by the religious people in the parable of the Good Samaritan?

At Brushfires, we feel story is essential to the work we do. For the one struggling with addiction or shame, knowing that someone has been there can be the ray of hope that draws him out of the darkness. For the one frustrated with a degrading culture, learning about another who acted on her convictions may be all it takes to bring change to a new corner of the world. We are tempted to feel alone, but we are only alone by choice. Brushfires is a movement intent on bringing people together and celebrating the wonderful differences and amazing commonalities we bring to each other.

We all have a story to tell. We want to know your story and encourage you to also share it with those around you.

Copyright © 2013, Daniel Weiss. All rights reserved. Used with permission.