One thing that has helped me grow in my faith is understanding God's story-- and how it is that I am part of it. When I realize we are all a part of the same story as Noah and Moses, I become more alive. God intends for our lives to have great purpose, and I try to live it out every day.
I read something recently that broke down the story we are part of into four words starting with the letter “G:” Good, Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude. These four words wrap up the story of humanity and God.
The first "G" word is Good.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
(Genesis 1:31 NIV)
We were created to be good. We were made to live for so much more than what we ever could expect. We were made to live like that. We were made to be lovers of justice, to make right any wrong, and to make sure all people feel the love of God.
Adam and Eve felt what it was like to be in a complete, right relationship with God in the garden. It was a wonderful feeling they had. It was GOOD.
I think we forget that this is how it all started: in a garden, where it was all good.
You might be thinking it would be pretty nice to start out completely good, to not have to go through a lot of crap. On this day, know that God is working in you so that you will seek goodness, that goodness will win out, and then justice will flow out of your life.
God intended for us to be good. We all have this goodness in us. Some of us have it hidden behind pain and suffering. And some have years' worth of sins that have covered up our goodness for a long time. But that doesn't mean God's goodness is missing. It's still there.
God began the story and it was good, and I believe he wants our stories to be good. Let God make your life as good as it was intended to be!