Who will write the story of your life?

Who will write the story of your life?

A few weeks ago, I spent some time with my wife in a large book store. We both enjoy reading and discovering the latest titles and occasionally finding some great deals on the discount tables.

As we were about to leave, I found myself in an aisle of books I'd never really noticed before - biographies and autobiographies.

There were literally hundreds of books about and by famous people such as actors, businesspeople, singers, TV personalities, even politicians. In fact, I spotted the Bill Clinton biography, My Life - which had been released to an enthusiastic audience less than four years ago.

The book, according to some reports, represented his attempt in part to "re-write history," and perhaps leave a more positive legacy than might have otherwise been recorded. In particular, his unfortunate relationship with a young White House intern was acknowledged but he apparently failed to fully apologize for his actions and did not express sincere regret to the young woman with whom he was intimate.

Subsequent press reports recorded the young woman's response to Clinton's mention of their relationship: She believed he had missed the opportunity to make things right. So, in the case of Clinton, in writing his autobiography he was, in a sense, trying to improve his image in the eyes of a public that may have found him to be both hypocritical and dishonest.

In many cases, famous people are not always skilled at writing their life story, so they contract the services of a professional writer, someone who has the abilities to make the facts come alive. In all instances, the name of the famous person is printed in large letters on the cover, while the "ghost writer" has his or her name written in much smaller print.

The autobiography is written in such an attractive manner - with the help of a ghost writer - so that readers will feel positive about the individual and have a high regard for his or her contributions to society. Have you considered writing a story of your life?

Have you wondered what you would say - and how you would explain your conduct and activities over the years?

A few years ago, a friend committed suicide and left behind his wife and a number of children. It was a selfish act, of course, and yet I later learned that he was facing some stresses and anguish that he found to be impossible to overcome.

He was prisoner to a vicious addiction and he could not see a way to break free - at least in this world. The story of his life, if written by his wife, might be quite different than the one written by a casual acquaintance or business associate, for example. I will always remember him to be a man of compassion and caring - and he had a great sense of humor.

You might be thinking that your life story is not worth writing perhaps because you have disappointed yourself and so many others.

You may even be struggling with inner torment that no one else knows about. God does have a wonderful plan for your life - that you receive his forgiveness and love.

Consider this most familiar verse from the Bible: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life." Jesus - who was perfect - accepted death on the cross, and rose again, for you so that all the evil you have done [the Bible calls this "sin"] could be forgiven.

The Bible says that we need to come to Christ and confess our sins and receive him personally as Savior. Why not do that today - right now?

Make the story of your life one of hope and a "happy ending" knowing that you have made things right with God.

Last updated Feb. 10th, 2009 at 3:58pm by Simon Gibson