The Stories We Live By

Written by Anthony Douglas on 23 December 2018.

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house not a creature was stirring, except all the Christmas movies and shows we can now access via Netflix. Oh, the joy and whimsy we can share with our loved ones; from the classics of Home Alone, and Miracle on 34th Street, to the new adventures of The Christmas Prince and for those who like to live outside the box... Die Hard!
We live in a world that loves to tell stories, especially ones with a happy ending. Ones that captivate us, ones that make us feel good, ones that change our world view and challenge us.
But in this world of story telling, we can often overlook the important ones (and it is not the one you think I am going to say) - our own stories.
At Christmas time, we have a great opportunity to tell people our stories: the stories of our adventures this year, the stories of our triumphs, of our shortcomings and for many of us, our hardships. Let me encourage you, the most important story you can tell this Christmas is the story of how Jesus changed your life.
For me, I was a child who went to Scripture and wanted to learn more about God. My teacher said the best place to do that was at church, so I begged my mum to take me. That was 24 years ago. There have been many triumphs, shortcomings, and unfortunately harships in my life. But Christmas reminds me of the promise in Jesus name ‘Immanuel - God with us’! God has never left me. He came as a baby to be my Saviour.
This Christmas, don’t just share the shows you watch on Netflix, share stories that truly matter. Amanda

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