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I have the privilege of guest blogging for Holly today! I am Kelly Hubatka, wife of Creative & Uptown Campus Pastor, Larry Hubatka. Today we kicked off our new series, Living A Better Story-a series inspired by Donald Miller's book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. Pastor Steven is challenging us to live a story worth telling. He said that the elements that make a good story are the same elements that make a good life. This is so true! The definition of "story" that anchors the whole series is this: A character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it. The Bible is the ultimate story, God's story, with Jesus as the hero.

The main passage for this message was Acts 20: 17-24. Pastor Steven said we could sum up Paul's story with this verse: "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace." I love this example, as Paul was so focused on Jesus and the calling God had placed on his life, that even his own life didn't matter to him. We could very easily say that this was Paul's story in a sentence. We are encouraging everyone who is engaging with this series to write their story in a sentence-go to mybetterstory.com and write yours!

Pastor Steven shared 4 reasons our stories struggle and become stories that aren't worth telling: 

1. We cast the wrong main character. Jesus should be the main character in your story, not you! He said, "If you're story doesn't revolve around God's glory, it's not worth telling!" What a great reminder.

2. We are working off the wrong screenplay. We often don't live out our lives with the last scene in mind-which ultimately, for us, ends with worshipping at the throne of God, forever and ever! 

3. What we want isn't worth enough. When our life goal is to accumulate material things, we're underestimating all that God could do with our lives.

4. We try to skip the scenes that make it matter. We all want to avoid conflict and painful times, but those are often the most refining times in our stories.

I think this is the perfect series to follow Code Orange Revival. The revival set the stage for what God wants to do in our lives this year, and now it is time for us to actually do something about it and go live a better story. I loved this message as I am challenged to think through the story that I am living. I hope you will take the time to listen to it this week! You can catch it on the the archive later today, as well as on the Elevation Network at 12pm, 4pm, 8pm each day.