Saturday, December 3, 2011

Change in Living Your Story

You know, I was just sitting here knitting and thinking when I realized that there is never a finished story in my mind. It seems that every story, every book, every life I have ever heard about--no matter how satisfying the ending is--there is more to the story.  I always want more; I imagine more; I see more; I feel more.

I remember when I heard Call of the Wild, by Jack London; it was the first book for which I wanted to write a new ending. The story was just too final. The dog (I cannot even remember his name now) died--and it was not supposed to end that way! He was supposed to win. He was supposed to conquer. However that came about, it was supposed to happen. It was not just that it was a sad ending.

Even  with happy endings, they are not really the end. When I read Anne of Green Gables the first time, I read all of the books I had (ending with Anne and Gilbert's marriage); but it was not the end. A while later, I read about their children when they were small; and it still was not the end. I wanted to hear what happened when their children grew up, who they they found and fell in love with themselves, who they married. Then I read Rilla of Ingleside when they are all growing up and getting married--or dying--and it still was not the end.

I wanted more--because, in real life, there is more. Even for those who die, there is more. That is not the end of their story. They go on, and their souls live eternally. Whatever works they have done or families they have live on after they are gone. For those who continue living after "the story" has ended, there is definitely no ending to the story.  They are still living, growing, changing!

Now we come to the reason I am blogging about my thoughts here. There is always some change to be made.  It may not be drastic--most changes aren't--the good changes aren't; but it is necessary. Everybody needs to continue growing and changing--and living!--until they die. Living does not happen without growth and change, and that is just all there is to it.

So let us all continue living, growing, making choices, taking responsibility, choosing the paths that will us to greater wisdom and more abundant life (John 10:10 KJV) here on earth and in the life to come.  Nothing is impossible--except having an ending to your story because God's story for you never ends.  That is the happiest thought I know.


  1. Beautiful insight! I loved what you said about the sense of always wanting more in a book, as though it is somehow deeply right that a story should never end--as we know that, indeed, our stories do not end. Chesterton said something similar when he praised Walter Scott for being the kind of writer who would have liked to write a book that went on forever.

  2. I have long wanted to read Sir Walter Scott. Now I know I should! Somehow the idea of critics believing Milton's Paradise Lost was too long made me think of this. I didn't want that book to end either.

    So they have been evicted from the Garden for their sin and now know that they are going to die, but they still have their whole lives to live before that death. Milton's perspective on the rest of their lives might have been just as insightful, though necessarily more imaginative.

    Thanks for reading and for posting!