TELLING YOUR STORY TODAY
My mother asked me a legitimate question the other day. I had been telling her about a recent blog story; one that included my past cancer experience.
“Do you think you are dwelling on your breast cancer too much?” She asked.
Well, I did think about that question.
THE SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE-STORY
Recently, I read an interesting post asking: “What is shaping your week?” The writer listed things she enjoyed in autumn, good things to read, quotes and poems, and some meals she was planning. https://www.everydaynatalie.com/fall-rhythms-reads-recipes/ I knew where she was coming from, and her blog was lovely and refreshing. I needed it in my tumultuous week.
I thought about her word: shaping. Does what we do and enjoy, how we respond, and what we commit to affect our character? How we live our lives shapes our story.
I went back to the question mom had asked. Was cancer shaping my life- today? This week? This year? The five years since I recovered from cancer? I was not my cancer. Yet, the account of it continues. “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouth, but only such as for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29
WHAT DEFINES YOU?
I made it a point to not let cancer define me. I did not always follow the local support group efforts, breast cancer news, and did not try to be anyone’s poster child. They did not shape me. God’s faithfulness in this storm and how I responded to God’s truth and mercy formed the story in me.
I wrote about Blessing last week. Even during illness and recovery, we can bless others: with our attitude, our testimony, listening, and being a hand to reach for. We can bless others by relating the events of our lives where God was at work. It is a thread in the tapestry that continues and tells our lives in 3-D.
Read what the bible says about who we are in Christ: https://www.openbible.info/topics/who_am_i_in_christ
THE POTTER SHAPED MY STORY
God is shaping me every day. He re-shapes me often to fit His purpose. At the turn of a season in life, He may re-shape me again. If He is the potter, and I am truly the clay that He forms and uses- I may go through many, many shapes. Seeds have been planted, and watered from heaven. But it is God who causes the growth. He’s not done with me yet.
“Plant the Seeds in their hearts, heaven waters them. But only God gives growth” I Corinthians 3:6-8 pp
Instead of dwelling on my cancer experience, I pray I am planting a seed. I was showing others His wonderful grace, His timing, His gifts, His compassion, is encouraging others who’ve gone through similar storms to hope.
EVENTS IN THE STORY
Breast cancer may be a topic on my tongue often. Praising Him for healing is often on my tongue as well. Opportunities to serve and help are shaping me, every day. And they are shaping a new story.
God has blessed me. He leads me. He encourages me to write subjects that will help others struggling from cancer or other health crisis. I am to tell a story that others will hear. That means cancer has helped shaped my story.
April Boyer © 2017