So, have you thought of it? the story you’re in? None of us is a part of just our personal story, though. Every one of us is a part of a bigger, or meta-, story. There are certain pre-conditions, or contextual identifiers, that our personal story shares with other people’s personal story. People who share the same context for their personal stories are people who are a part of the same meta-story. So what’s your meta-story? Consider the options put forward…
While you may not identify with either of these stories fully, I think that they each start to get at meta-story. What does your nationality mean to you – what does it contribute to your story? What about your job? What about your family? Job and family are often, it seems, the biggest identifiers in people’s lives – people have always looked for identity and fulfillment and legacy in these. So what do these contribute to your story? An easy way to find the answer to that question is to consider what your story would be if they weren’t a part of it. What if you’d never been a…? Fill in the blank as is appropriate for you.
On a larger scale, there are answers offered to us every day in the media – even if you only watch the news. The story you’re a part of is a bleak one: the world is a dark place; there are horrible atrocities happening all around you; there is so much conflict in the world that there are warzones we’ve forgotten about, though the battles rage on, because our attention has been overloaded elsewhere. Sound familiar? The story you’re a part of is a bright one: there are advancements being made in medicine; there are humanitarian and philanthropic successes happening all around. Sound familiar?
With such diverse stories being told to us about our world, it’s no wonder that things can get confusing for some people; it’s no wonder that some people choose to escape into fantasy world. Things would be easier if the good-guys always won, in the end; if the bad-guys always lost, in the end. Things would be easier if people got what they deserved (if our people got what they deserved for their best intentions; if “others” got what they deserved for their worst). Cut-and-dry. Some people choose to escape the intricacies of navigating the blurred lines and tight-rope walk and fuzzy edges of real life, preferring the clear-cut boundaries of simpler un-reality. What story are you a part of?
The Church offers a meta-story that all Christians are invited to see their stories as a part of. Jesus offers a complex story that can encapsulate all of the good and all of the bad, without contradiction, without candy-coating, without denial of real-life occurrences. The sun does rise on the evil and the good; the rain does fall on the good and the evil. For the followers of Jesus, this is the meta-story that our lives are made a part of, through our acceptance of Jesus as our Saviour. It’s a much larger story than can even be summarized here – but it’s worth exploring, because it is our family story. More than that, it is His story – God’s story.