How to fix a broken story

By Dave Henning / August 12, 2015

John Ortberg concludes Chapter 3 of All the Places to Go by stating that there are times when we become so obsessed with vocational open doors that we’re blind to relational open doors.

Yet, every heart comes with a door.  Pastor Ortberg emphasizes that one of the great gifts of life is having the door of a person’s heart open up to you.  At the church John serves, a group of senior citizens decided to get involved with low-income, high-risk students at a San Francisco high school.  Grant Smith, age eighty-two, is part of the tutoring group.  When Grant didn’t show up one week, his tutee asked. “Where’s my homeboy?”  John comments: “An open door can make a suburban eighty-two-year-old retired pilot somebody’s homeboy.”

My life is energized when I don’t regard it as my life; every moment presents an opportunity to connect with another person, to learn from them, to make them smile.  John summarizes:

“Anytime you step through the open door, your story and Jesus’ story begin to get mixed up together, and you become part of the work of God in this world.  The only way to fix a broken story is to embed it in a larger story that begins and ends well.  As is was once said, so it is said again. . . . ‘But wait!  There’s more.’ ”

Today’s question: How can you embed your broken story in Jesus’ story?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Make our lives count”

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Dave Henning


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