What Is Our Narrative?
What is our narrative? What is the story-line that we’ve authored to explain our world, or allay our fears, or justify our agendas, or excuse our behaviors? What is the narrative that we’ve created to give ourselves permission to do whatever we want permission to do? What are the story-lines, the spins, the bits of fiction that we create so that we don’t have to face the truth, or face the world, or worse yet, face ourselves? What is our narrative?
And have we immersed ourselves in our narratives to the point that they have become our truth? Can we lie to ourselves long enough, hard enough, and convincingly enough that we become entirely deceived by the lies that we ourselves have created? And in these pathetic narratives borne of rampant fear, famished greed, mis-placed motives, and ethics long cast aside in the crazed search of pleasure mongering…in these sordid narratives, have we likewise penned the lines of our own destruction? Are we, in fact, the authors of our own demise? For in the words of Walt Kelly, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
We would be wise to heed these words… “The greatest fool is not the person who has been fooled by the lies of others, despite how crafty and ingenious those lies might have been. Rather, it is the fool who has lied with such amazing dexterity and subtle finesse that he himself has come to believe his own lies. And this is the most forlorn and yet the most dangerous person that I can imagine.”
Are we the fool of the narrative? Whether we have tediously written out the narratives to explain our world, or allay our fears, or justify our agendas, or excuse our behaviors. Or whether we have given ourselves entirely over the narratives of others who write them for the same reasons. Are we the fool of the narrative?
For we are better than this. We are better than to be hauled off to destruction through the lines that we have penned, or to fall prey to the narratives of others. We are better than this. For God can explain our world, but He can also explain how He has overcome it. God can ally our fears, for He is never smaller than that which we fear. There is no need to justify God’s agenda, for it is always for the good of all. And if we commit to live in the manner that God has outlined, there will never be anything to excuse.
Maybe, just maybe we should forsake every narrative…those of others and those of our own. And maybe, just maybe we should embrace God’s narrative…for that will always stand as the greatest narrative ever told.
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.