The Jazz Theologian

The Jazz Theologian

What’s the story of your life? (p1)

Some say that we discover who we are as we tell the story of our life.  That every chance we get to reiterate where we’ve come from we also reinterpret who we are.  This is the value of community.  Meeting new people affords us the opportunity to once more answer questions like–“Where are you from?”  “What was your family like growing?” “What do you do?”  

In the process, we once more answer for ourselves who we are.

In “The Stories We Live by:  Personal Myths and the Making of the Self,” Dan McAdams argues that we usually tell our story in one of four ways:  comedy, romance, tragedy and irony.  The first two are positive and the latter two are negative.
In general I agree with McAdams but I believe that there is another form that our stories can take and when they do healing and wholeness arrive in our lives and we truly know who we are.
Join the Groove:  When you tell your story, which form do you use?  Do you see any other options to comedy, romance, tragedy and irony?
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Karen Redington Fernandes

posted August 6, 2010 at 11:24 am

I find that I interpret my life through the lens I’m currently looking through. When my gaze is fixed on earthly things, or I’m consumed by despair, I look back to see the incidents of loss and pain. They link together in a heavy chain that tells of a tragic life. But, when my focus is eternal, those incidents recede, and a thread of purpose and intentionality emerges, and at worst, my life is a comedy, generously seasoned with laughter. This demonstrates how great the need for disciplined thought is, and a life lived through the perspective of surrender to our Creator’s hand. But, I believe you will reveal more on that in your next post.

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posted August 16, 2010 at 10:37 pm

The story of my life begins with
grace; sweet, saving grace that
reached down and found me!! Then
I heard the call of love; divine
love, calling me higher, upward
and above.
It continues with finding my
purpose; a marvelous purpose
that fulfills and satisfies me!!
It ends with grace and glory.

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