The Before And After Picture of Your Story


What do you think of when you look at this picture?

I know what I am tempted to see:

I see an eyesore…
I see what’s left of someone’s dream…
I see a has been building…
I see a useless piece of rubble…

…But what if this were only the before picture?

What if the AFTER picture was a brand new remodeled, modern building utilizing the front wall of the old building?

Would that make a difference in your perception about this picture?

Sometimes we tend to look at the present and forget about the amazing power in a future.

Your current story may be awful. You may feel your dream is gone. You may wonder if anything good can come of your brokenness.

One thing is sure; you cannot change your story, but you can allow the power of God to work in you to bring about a better story.

Never underestimate the power of God’s intervention in your life. He uses broken, mixed up, hurting, fractured stories to mold and shape some of His greatest work.

Are you ready?  Have you got one of those great stories of God’s power to change a life?  I’d love to hear it.

(For more ideas on how to recover from a painful past, read this POST and this POST and this POST.)

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2 thoughts on “The Before And After Picture of Your Story

  1. I feel like that looks like the ministry part of my life that shows right now, a wreck of what used to be, not really useful for anything. However, behind the broken wall my relationship with the Lord is getting repaired. It is better than it ever was before. No one can see it, but it is the most important part. I can’t see that the ministry part will ever come back or be a satisfying part of my life ever again, but the Lord is very real. I have what matters.

  2. Amen brother! I shared with you in a marriage blog what a mess I’ve made of my marriage and of my relationship with God. Since that posting, He has reached down and pulled me up and I am in such a better relationship than I have probably ever been with Him. I continue to work daily and diligently on my marriage and I have at least a sliver of hope that things will work out with my wife. God is creating a much better story from the rubble that was my life. I know that He will always be there and hope that my wife will as well.