Who Is The Author Of Your Story?
Singer/songwriter Matthew West shares a letter from a former atheist who wants the world to know there is a God.
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I grew up in Communist Hungary and escaped in 1987 at age 21. I went to a refugee camp as an atheist who mocked Christians, and 18 months later I came out of it turning my life over to Christ. It was a trying, dramatic, and sometimes traumatic experience. But in the middle of what should have been my most hopeless days and nights, I could not deny the overwhelming feeling that I was not alone and the peace that came along with it.
I went to Canada in 1988. Starting a new life in a new country as a 23-year-old was truly challenging. Without my newly found faith, I probably could not have done it. Now I am following Christ and serving Him by going on mission trips. I want the world to know there is a God, a God who is with us in our darkest moments.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands (Psalm 19:1).
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers of rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1:15-17).
…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…(Hebrews 12:2 NASB).
Matthew Responds …
Who is the author of your story? How did you get here? Do you see the world as nothing more than one big coincidence after another?
Sadly, more and more people are choosing the former way of thinking. This really should come as no surprise in a society that places so much emphasis on self-sufficiency.
In our world, all signs point to the notion that you and I are the ones who write the stories of our lives. And so people are choosing to believe there is nothing to believe in. And to believe there is no God is to believe we are the authors of our own stories. Yet how can we be the authors of a story we never created? You were not the one who came up with the idea to create you. The decision of whether to believe in God is the foundation that every soul will build its story upon. The story of your life is being written every moment of every day, even as you read this right now. The question you must ask is, who is holding the pen?