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Re-writing your story opens the door to forgiveness #ForgivenessFriday

August 2, 2013

Last Christmas our family vacation went south fast! We were driving in the snow at Yosemite National Park when our suburban slid off the road and we eventually broke two brand new sets of snow chains.

That night we made it back to our cabin and decided to share our experience on Facebook. But we faced a dilemma. Our day included some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen and I experienced some of the most frustrating moments ever. We had to choose the pictures that told the story of our day.

Broken snow chain laying beside rear tire

Broken snow chain laying beside rear tire

Bridal Falls in the distance

Bridal Falls in the distance

Yosemite #2

Driving up to Yosemite

Yosemite #1

Ginger (my wife) at foot of Yosemite Falls

When you tell the story of your past, you are choosing “pictures”. Choose wisely. Choosing the wrong pictures hinders forgiveness (we talked about that HERE last week).

God wants you to leverage your past for His glory (2 Cor. 1:4-6).

Today, I want to help you rewrite your story as an overcomer and include purpose for your past pain. This will help you reinforce and maintain forgiveness.

Using the word HOPE, write out your new story in one paragraph.

> H Write your “hope” sentence. (This is the personal hope you originally held before your hurt.)

> O Write your “observe” sentence (You observe that every hope includes the possibility of failure.

> P Write your “positive” sentence. (You recognize some of the positive things God has produced in your life as result of your pain.)

> E Write your “enduring” sentence. (Re-establish your enduring goals and values.)

Once you have your new story, tell it to someone. “Own” your new story as an overcomer.

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