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Consider Our Story
October 27 2014
October 27 2014

Yesterday in the sermon, I alluded to an interview that I wonder heard with Dr. Larry Crabb. Knowing that those comments went by us all fairly quickly, I will re-post them here in case it is helpful.

Crabb commented that people tend to mistakenly describe their lives in one of 4 ways:

  1. As a TRAGEDY, when we tell our story as ALL bad. Life is hard and difficult. If someone asks how we are, our mind immediately thinks of everything that is not well or that can be done better. We see ourselves as a VICTIM if we tend to see life as a tragedy.


  1. Or we tell our story as a ROMANCE where we are the HERO, accomplishing a lot – doing a lot. In a romance, we long for applause and recognition, yearning to hear “You are really something!” But in God's story, Jesus is something. He is the hero and has done everything. He lived, died, rose and will come again to heal the world.

  2. Or we might tell our story as an IRONY. We become the CYNIC, skeptical about everything and trying to bring other people into our way of critical thinking. We say sarcastically “Oh, you like that thing do you. If you really understood things, you would join me and be a cynic.”

  3. Or finally, we might be prone to talk about our life as if it is a COMEDY. We keep things on the superficial level and deny our deep longings and hurts. We say, "I'm doing great! Aren't you doing great? God is so good." And in a comedy, we are consistently the CLOWN.

Dr. Crabb concluded the interview stating that, in light of Christ and God's redemptive plan, Christians ought to tell our story as part of a TRANSCENDENT DRAMA. God is rescuing a broken world and will one day restore it completely! And Crabb says “When [the reality of the drama of God’s rescue] gets into me, I tell my story as a worshiper.”

Obviously, we should pause and ask: (1) How am I prone to tell my story? (2) What keeps me from telling my story as s transcendent drama?


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