His argument is simple. We walk around, living our lives, thinking we are making our own decisions. But they are all being made for us., our story dictated from on high.
But of course, that’s not really true is it? No one dictates to us how we live our lives. We all make our own choices.
The recent movie ‘Transcendence’, tells the story of Dr Will Caster, played by Johnny Depp. He’s a brain doctor, whose body dies but has his consciousness uploaded onto a supercomputer.
Will’s consciousness then connects to the internet, and in a very short space of time has unrivalled intellect and is making all sorts of scientific breakthroughs.
One discovery he makes is the ability to heal any wound, any injury, or any sickness, in almost an instant.
But in the process he creates hybrids, with a mutated cell which allows Will to command these people and even speak through them in his own voice.
These hybrids retain their individuality, their own decisions, their own lives. But ultimately, they are subject to the whims of Will, under his control.
They are not fully free to live their own story. Their story is, however subtly, controlled by another.
And for us, living in a consumer-driven world, we can often allow ourselves to do the same. All of us have at one time or another allowed our lives to be dictated by the consumer story.
And the tragedy is, we often have no idea the extent to which this has happened.
The consumer, secular story shapes us now to such an extent that many of us don’t even realise how much are lives are dictated by it. (tweet that here)
I’m as guilty of this as anyone. I have in the past succumbed to the temptation to believe my life won’t be complete unless I have the latest gadget, or a wife, or status, or professional success – or even more money. It’s even led me to get angry with God, because I’ve put my faith in the consumer religion and it’s not delivered.
And what I’ve realised is, it’s all a lie. But we don’t have to live this story.
We have the power to choose our story. To be intentional about how the book of our life will read. And understand a set of simple truths:
We were all created to live a unique story.
We have the power to choose this story.
And this unique story is best lived in the context of community.
Yes, uniqueness is best found in community. Because just because we should live unique, doesn’t mean we should be individualistic. Both scripture, science and history tell us human beings thrive best when they do life in community. When they have accountability, support and encouragement from others. Paradoxically, it’s in community where we can be free to live our own unique story in the way we were created to.
The real question we need to ask ourselves is
“Do I want to be a hybrid – or do I want to live my own story?”
And I don’t think anyone, when they speak truthfully, would want to be a hybrid. None of us wants to be another one of a production line. And God didn’t create us to all be identical. If He’d wanted us to be identical, He would have created us that way.
It’s time to choose our unique story. And if we don’t know what it is yet, it’s time we discovered it.
So as I close, here’s some key truths you and I all need to constantly remind ourselves of:
1) You are Unique
There is no one like you, there never has been and never will be. You don’t need to copy anyone else, you don’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. You are you, and you are unique, and you are special.
2) Your story isn’t written yet
You have the power to choose your story. You don’t have to live according to the story our culture subtly and cleverly tries to sell you. You have the power to write your own story, a story which is uniquely yours.
3) You can only live your unique story in community
The best way for us all to uniquely flourish in our own specific, us-shaped way, is in the context of community. Accountability, support, encouragement, love. A community which gives us space to thrive, to be who we were designed to be, which doesn’t preach conformity or uniformity, but uniqueness within community. Like a human body, where each part is different, unique, individual, but where they all work together in harmony doing their own jobs well & supporting each other, to make something beautiful
So today, choose to live your own story. Choose to believe you are unique, that you have your own as yet untold story to live, and get out there and live it, in community.
The world needs you to live your own story.
So begin today.
Questions For Reflection:
Which story are you living – your unique story, or the consumer story?
Which do you think would be better?
How can you take steps to live your own unique story today?
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