Writing a new storyIf you look for them, you can find stories all around you.

We’ve just celebrated Memorial Day, which is really all about the stories of soldiers who died to serve our country. Behind every name and every tombstone, there’s a true and fascinating story.

Even my three-year-old granddaughter makes up stories, I realized as I tried to get her to take a nap. She held her birthday present, a large stuffed “Paw Patrol” dog, and I heard her whispering the names of the other characters in her favorite show as she pretended that Skye was having an adventure. This writer-grandma’s heart melted with pride.

A character in the 1984 movie The Natural said, “I believe we have two lives: the one we learn with, and the one we live with after that.” In the same way, our lives have two stories: the one we are born with, and the new one we are given.

Many people don’t like the story of their lives. Perhaps it’s because of pain, abuse, or sorrow. Maybe they feel they’ve messed up and failed, or they are disappointed because life has not turned out the way they expected.

But the Bible tells us we can grab hold of a new story: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV).

No matter how tragic our initial story is, God can write a new story for the rest of our lives.

What story is He writing for you?