Whose Story? Whose Narrative?

Whose Story? Whose Narrative?

It’s my story and I am standing by it! Have you recalled a story from your past only to be interrupted with, “I don’t remember it that way.” Your friend or family member nudges you further on the details. You express your exasperation by invoking, “It’s my story!”If you missed Part 1 of this series, click here for, But I Thought the New Year Began in January.

But I Have Too Many Calendars!

In Part 2 of our series on the Christian Calendar, we will pick up with the question, “What would prompt someone to develop a Christian Calendar?” If you are like me you have tried various ways to keep track of birthdays, anniversaries and other important dates. Before Smartphones I used a paper planner.

Today Google Calendar, an online Calendar app, allows you to identify any number of calendars by color. You could create a personal calendar in red, a work calendar in green, a family calendar in blue, a project calendar in orange. The list could go on. Ideally you would not double book yourself. After all, if we are not really busy, we want people to think we are!

Alex Otalora and I were talking just today about how hard it is to find time in our lives. Our schedules seem so full. Then when it comes to following Jesus, to participating in church life and maintaining a devotional life we wonder where to fit it all in. We have too many calendars.

This is not the point to offer guilt inducing data about the spiritual development in children and young people. Instead, it is an occasion to suggest we consider our main story, a liberating narrative.

Start with the Main Story

The Christian Calendar is not the sort of calendar that tells you where to be and when to be there. Instead, it is the sort of calendar that reminds you of what story you are a part.

How many hats do you wear? Most of us wear more than the one head we have. The consequence is often not remembering who you really are. Today many of us think we are what we do. When we are not busy we fear that we are nothing. Why? Because anybody who is anyone is always busy. Wrong!

When tempted to decide our identity is determined by what we do, the Christian Calendar reminds us our identity is found, given to us, as in Christ. The call is to remember what God says about you. God’s Story, found in the observance of the Christian Calendar, reminds us “We are loved.” No matter if your missed an appointment, your little league team did not win, or your calendar is empty of activity. You are loved.

A person may follow the Christian Calendar as deeply as he or she would like. One may follow the Christian Seasons – Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Eastertide, Pentecost and Ordinary Time. Some forms of the Christian Calendar provide daily readings and an occasional reference to an important figure in Church History.

Next time we will look at the Seasons, Christian Seasons and how they related to the Story of God.

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