DayBreaks for 2/18/16 – The Real Story

DayBreaks for 2/18/16: The Real Story

From the DayBreaks archive, February 2006:

I love a good story!  I love stories of high adventure stories, historical stories, amusing anecdotes and just about any other kind of story you can think of.  We grew up on stories: Snow White, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Little Engine that Could, and of course a myriad of Aesop’s fables and other tall tales.  One of my favorite stories to read to my grand kids (and my children before them) was Dr. Seuss’ Fox in Socks.  Stories capture our imagination and we can visualize the action and feelings of those involved in the story. 

We also love to tell stories.  I love to tell stories about my family – about the adventures of our kids, their achievements, the things we did together and places we went to visit.  And, let’s be honest: we even love to tell stories about our surgeries and our experiences in that regard!  Stories help us learn and can help others avoid some of the same mistakes we’ve made in our own lives.

The first one of the world’s great books that I read was Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quixote.  I read it when I was in high school, and I was totally entranced.  I tried to picture myself as Don Quixote – who although he may have been more than a bit addled – had great dreams and visions and ambitions – and I found myself dreaming, with him, the Impossible Dream – and thinking I could make it come true. 

As Andree Seu writes in World Magazine, There is nothing more tragic than to walk around all your life in the wrong story – thinking yourself a knight-errant and mistaking windmills for giants, skinny stable horses for noble Rosinante, and unexceptional peasant girls for Dulcinea.

Some of the stories that we invest ourselves in aren’t worth our time.  Rather than getting caught up in stories about ourselves and our achievements.  Ms. Seu continued: Reminding yourself of the real story is good for what ails you.  If you’ve gotten too high and mighty, it reminds you that you are ‘dust.’  If you’re feeling like dust, it reminds you of your glorious destiny.

I hope and pray that we will become participants in the Great Story, the Unending Story that will be told, retold and sung about throughout eternal ages without end.  That story, you see, isn’t about me.  It’s not about my kids.  It’s not about you.  It’s about the Lamb that was slain, but Who lives forevermore.  That’s the real story that we need to be a part of.  

Each day our lives write another chapter in the story of humanity and more particularly, of our own lives.  What will your chapter look like at the end of the day today?

TODAY’S PRAYER:  How deceived we are, Father, when we think that the story of our life is about us!  Help us to engage in the Real Story, to live it, to tell it, and to enjoy it forever in the halls of Your heaven.  Let us tell THAT story every chance we get.  In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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DayBreaks for 3/19/14 – Truly His

DayBreaks for 3/19/14 – The “Impossible” Dream

 

2 Corinthians 6:18 (NLT) – And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.

There are times when we struggle mightily to really believe the “good news”.  We’ve been taught that if something sounds too good to be true then it IS too good to be true.  For the most part, that is correct.  But there are some very noteworthy exceptions.

There are days when we desperately need to be able to look into the mirror and not just see, but fully believe, that the person staring back at us from the reflection is a child of God. If we can’t believe that, some days would be just too difficult to bear.

We can be assisted in believing that by others – real and fictional.  I first read the book, Don Quixote, when I was in high school and I remain fascinated by it to this day. A good example of how such a transformation into becoming something beautiful is found in the story of Dulcinea, one of the principal characters in the popular Broadway musical, Man of la Mancha, based on Cervantes’ classic work, Don Quixote.  During the play, the audience learns that Don Quixote, the main character in the story, lives with many illusions, most especially his idea that he is a knight errant who battles dragons in the form of windmills.

At the end of the play as he lays dying, Don Quixote has at his side a prostitute, Aldonza, whom he has called throughout the play Dulcinea – “Sweet One” – much to the mocking delight of the local townsfolk. But Don Quixote has loved her in a way unlike anything she has ever experienced. When Quixote breathes his last, Aldonza begins to sing the song “The Impossible Dream.” As the last echoes of the song die away, someone shouts to her, “Aldonza!” But she pulls away proudly and responds, “My name is Dulcinea.” The crazy’s knight’s love had transformed her.

It was more than she could have hoped for in a thousand lifetimes.  I would imagine her feelings were much like those of the woman caught in the act of adultery when Jesus tenderly called her, “Daughter.”

Jesus calls us his brothers and sisters…the sons and daughters of the Father.  The next time that someone calls you by a derogatory name, remind yourself of what the Father calls you and be transformed by that knowing!

PRAYER: Father, Abba!!  May Your love be a certainty to us and may we see that we are truly Your children! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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