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Find Your Place in God's Story

Like Esther, you may be exactly where you are for a specific purpose.

The truth is, when we give up being the center of our story, we are better able to live it. For our story now stars someone other than ourselves. As supporting players, we can play our roles with the awareness that we are part of God’s bigger story, and accept our script as the one we are meant to live.

Simone Weil describes what happens when we experience this shift in perspective: “To give up our imaginary position as the center, to renounce it, not only intellectually but in the imaginative part of our soul, means to awaken to what is real and eternal, to see the true light.”

Seeing what is “real and eternal” is the gift the higher view gives us. Like looking through a spiritual lens, it expands what we see. With the higher-view perspective we understand life to be more than our story, our script is being part of a bigger show, and the stage being different than people around us may see. What helps us play our part well is our acceptance of it. With acceptance, we embrace what we might have formally wished away. With the higher view lens, we realized what is bad might one day be good; things we are tempted to discard might be the most valuable, and everything is working together for good in a way we may not now see. With trust and acceptance, we come to a place where we can embrace our part.

Laurie Polich Short serves as associate pastor at Oceanhills Covenant Church in Santa Barbara, California. A speaker at numerous conferences and colleges, she is the author of When Changing Nothing Changes Everything and Finding Faith in the Dark. Taken from When Changing Nothing Changes Everything by Laurie Polich Short. Copyright 2017 by Laurie Polich Short. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1426. www.ivpress.com.

July27, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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