What do we tell ourselves about these questions?
- Where is God?
- What is God doing?
No household or faith community has a single story that communicates who God is in their life together, only a dominant story that is primary for existence. That narrative either builds up or tears down a person’s capacity to cope with the hard things in life. It can reduce our capacity or expand our resiliency.
What is the God-narrative in your life, your family’s life or your congregational life?
Which of these sounds most like you?
- God is above all watching and judging
This perspective creates a deepening feeling of shame or pride.
- God will rescue us when it is time
This perspective creates a feeling of helplessness, powerlessness or inaction.
- God is walking with us throughout the process
This perspective creates a feeling of mutual respect, growing trust, and accompaniment.
We have a relational God who is in relationship with God’s self in the Trinity. God the Creator, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit all give us a glimpse of God.
Expanding our God-narrative is at the heart of Christian leadership. Some days are better than others. Clarifying your own God-narrative as an individual, family or faith community starts with a conversation that honestly wrestles with these questions in community and prayer.