The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles were both written by Luke, who was a Gentile writing for his fellow Gentiles. Luke was an educated man, a doctor, and his accounts were written in a more “documentary” manner. I’ve been enjoying his writings because I appreciate his penchant for thinking from an academic perspective.
Allow me to think aloud here: the Acts of the Apostles is a compilation of stories that share with us the biographies of some of the first Christians. Could it be possible that the reason they’re included in the Bible is not only to show us examples of various life situations, but also to convey to us that we should document our own journeys with Christ, so that our stories help others?
This jumped out at me earlier this morning while I was reading Acts 27. The story of Paul’s shipwreck doesn’t really seem to be teaching us much about the fundamentals of Christianity. It seems to be just a story from Paul’s life and an example of sharing his beliefs with the crew. I was overcome with the feeling that documenting the stories of our own lives, whether mundane or exciting, may provide strength to others who face similar situations to our own.
I often go back to prior entries I’ve written, especially on days when I’m tired from spending 10 hours at an automobile dealership. Reading my prior entries reminds me of the presence of God I experienced on that particular day. I gain strength from witnessing how much I’ve grown in such a short time. The healing of my mind amazes me. God still performs miracles, my friends.
I will continue to share the ups and downs of my own struggles with all of you. I’ll share the exciting and the mundane. I’ll share the victories and the defeats. And I’d encourage you to do the same.
If you don’t have a blog, start one. If you’re not comfortable sharing your life stories with the public, write them down for family. Or simply email them to me. My email address can be found at the top of every blog entry. Whether good or bad, I’ll enjoy reading what you have to say.