Yesterday, I wrote about The Importance Of Solving Our Identity Crisis, an issue that honestly is just too big and complex for a single post. So today I thought I would add another idea.
I love to tell stories, and more than that I love to hear other peoples’ stories. There is so much to learn and experience just from listening and asking great questions!
In fact, if there is a shortcut in life, it will start with listening. [Tweet that and you’ll be awesome!]
Because I hear so many stories, I see this recurring theme of searching for identity in each and every one. We are all wrapped up in living a story and most often times, making agreements, telling ourselves that it doesn’t matter.
This is where I think John Eldredge is so incredibly helpful. In his book Epic, he describes it this way:
For most of us, life feels like a movie we’ve arrived at forty-five minutes late. Something important seems to be going on … maybe. I mean, good things do happen, sometimes beautiful things. You meet someone, fall in love. You find that work that is yours alone to fulfill. But tragic things happen too. You fall out of love, or perhaps the other person falls out of love with you. Work begins to feel like a punishment. Everything starts to feel like an endless routine. If there is meaning to this life, then why do our days seem so random? What is this drama we’ve been dropped into the middle of? If there is a God, what sort of story is he telling here? At some point we begin to wonder if Macbeth wasn’t right after all: Is life a tale “told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing? No wonder we keep losing heart. We find ourselves in the middle of a story that is sometimes wonderful, sometimes awful, often a confusing mixture of both, and we haven’t a clue how to make sense of it all. It’s like we’re holding in our hands some pages torn out of a book. These pages are the days of our lives. Fragments of a story. They seem important, or at least we long to know they are, but what does it all mean? If only we could find the book that contains the rest of the story.
Chesterton had it right when he said, “With every step of our lives we enter into the middle of some story which we are certain to misunderstand.”
Even as I re-read that over and over, I’m at a loss for words! This is what keeps me up most nights, as I endure the heartache of the stories I know.
There is healing though, and there is hope!
Its taken me a very long time to get where I’m at today, but I’ve learned that this healing and this hope rests in The Creative Order.
What I’m talking about here is identity. I’m talking the foundation, the well from which we draw and base our identity on.
That’s The Creative Order.
It’s the rhythm and dance of life, understanding that our being comes before any doing. Living from that place, operating according to that grid, we solve this identity crisis, and can step in to any doing with success.
When we get this right, settled once and for all, that’s when awesome happens. That’s when awesome things are created! And It just so happens I’ve recently written an eBook about this very thing and am very excited about releasing it soon.
What does understanding The Creative Order stir in your heart as you read this? How can you look at your story differently, thru the lens of The Creative Order?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!