"The Bible makes it clear that every time there is a story of faith, it is completely original. God's creative genius is endless. He never, fatigued and unable to maintain the rigors of creativity, resorts to mass-producing copies. Each life is a fresh canvas on which He uses lines and colors, shades and lights, textures and proportions that He has never used before."
(Eugene Peterson, Run with the Horses: The Quest for Life at its Best)
I've spent a lot of time pondering this quote recently. It really stuck with me when I first heard it and I haven't been able to leave it behind since.
Stories of faith . . .
. . . in the Bible.
. . . in the history of the church.
. . . in the lives of those around us today.
. . . in our own lives.
We read some stories of faith. We listen to some. We live our own. And we may play a role in the stories of others.
They're the same only in that we are writing them with God by the choices we make.
But, our stories will never be the same as someone else's story of faith. Our story of faith is uniquely ours. Even our experiences of the same event or struggle as another person will be different.
And that's how God intended it to be. He has a different story of faith He wants to write for each one of us. And He's not going to run our of material or ideas for any one of us.