Why my story isn’t mine at all

It took me five and a half years as a full-time college student to earn a four-year degree.

Why my story isn't mine at all

That’s no exaggeration, either.

There are lots of reasons for that, but mainly it’s because having twelve different majors tends to slow you down a bit.

You see, back then I didn’t have any resolve. As soon as things got hard, I looked for the easiest path and headed in that direction.

Filing the paperwork to change my major was a whole lot easier than Calculus.

You know, I once viewed that time of my life as a complete mess…a series of immature decision making and regrets. And largely, it was.

But now I realize that time of my life set me on the path I’m supposed to be on.

I met my wife in my final semester on campus. And if I had finished any sooner, it’s not likely that we would’ve met.

I still had a lot of growing up to do (and still do), but meeting Emily changed the course of my life.

There are lots of people who nudged me over the years, but she’s a huge reason I know Jesus. Looking back, I’d wait a lifetime if it meant knowing Emily and knowing Him.

And that’s why I no longer view that time of my life as a complete failure.

You see, sometimes our biggest successes come disguised as failures.

That’s how God likes to work, I think. He takes things that seem like a complete mess and turns them into a shining light of hope.

When I had twelve majors and was making an overall mess of things, my story wasn’t over. God kept writing.

You see, over the years I’ve realized that no story is over until He says it is. Just when you think nothing good can come out of the mess you’re in…He keeps writing.

He keeps writing a story that’s bigger than any one moment or chapter in our lives.

He keeps writing His story.

It took me a while to figure it out, but now I know my story isn’t mine at all.

Instead it’s a story of God’s grace and God’s perfect timing.

It’s a story full of twists and turns and up and downs, but thankfully, it’s a story that’s still being written.

So, what story do you have to tell?

Whatever it is, know that one chapter doesn’t define the entire book.

Know that God is willing to pour His grace into every page.

Know that God is writing an amazing story through you. Why else would we be called His masterpiece?

Know that things may be messy in your world right now, but hang in there…God’s still writing.

Remember, Friday wasn’t the end of Jesus’s story.

God kept writing…


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  • David Crotts

    Steve, your writing is such an inspiration. So many times it’s so easy to throw in the towel…but persistence does pay off. I’m glad that God didn’t quit on Friday and that the story is continuing to unfold. I miss seeing you guys…but love the life I now have in Williamsburg. If you’re ever down this way, give me a holler…I know where there’s great FOOD! 🙂 There’s also a great park for the kids called Kidsburg…my grandkids love it! Take care….David

    • David, thank you for the kind words! I’m so glad to hear that you all are doing well! I’m always interested in good food! (and good donuts for that matter!)

      • David Crotts

        Emily’s Donuts in Williamsburg are the best I’ve ever had.