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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




Pause for Moms: Life Stories

By Chris Maxwell
By May 11, 2014

When it comes to stories, we all have different preferences and opinions.

But, most good stories — whatever the genre — have a few parts in common.

They need a plot. They need structure. They need conflict. They need action. Character development and dialogue mingle their way into and throughout the story and its action.

As our son Aaron has said, “The story is actually about something much bigger than what we can see.” Doesn’t that apply to true stories? Isn’t there always more going on than can fit the news report? Doesn’t that relate to your own life story? How is your story about more than just you, more than just what your eyes can see, more than the nearby, more than the goals you’ve crafted, more than the plans you’ve pursued?

None of us controls our next scenes. None of us can always calm each conflict or defeat each antagonist or rescue each victim the way and time we would prefer.

But our drama, our life stories, aren’t over.

I was sitting in a restaurant listening to ladies at the nearby table. They had just seen a movie. I never heard them say the name of the movie and I am not a movie expert. But I learned much while listening.

Their conversational meal included a buffet of laughter, tears, disagreements, smiles, debates, and a little more laughter. In fact, I think laughter won out. But their discussion about a movie slowly merged into a few stories not included on the screen. Their personal stories. Memories brought back to life from the movie. How they could relate to a comment, an argument, a decision, a mistake.

One lady made a comment I can’t forget. Shaking her head and looking down at the table, she said, “I wish the movie hadn’t ended like that. I wanted them to meet one more time. Just like my life. I need one more time.”

The others didn’t respond. Silence stayed at the table with them as they took a few final sips of their drinks before another lady changed the subject.

Dear Moms, your story isn’t over. Days and months, words and stories, songs and movies are waiting. You are living in the days. You are a key part of these stories. Dreams? Dream them. Fears? Kill them.

Dear Moms, you are still playing your role in this drama of life. Sometimes you feel just like the lady I heard voice those sad comments at the table. You are craving one more chance, one more change, one more scene, one more opportunity, one more time. Conflict is a part of your life story. But the story isn’t over.

Dear Moms, my mind still plays scenes from those years with my mother. Carolyn Acker Maxwell’s smile and voice, laughter and conversations, songs and stories — so many years later I can still see and hear. Those memories are so good and so bad, so joyful and so sad. Because love merges the conflict with the joy. They live together in this life of nonfiction drama. A mental image of her kindness rapidly shifts to a scene of the chemotherapy removing her hair. She loved to walk and exercise before it was the cool thing to do; she loved to iron clothes while singing and dancing to the music of Patsy Cline and Skeeter Davis; she loved to pray no matter what else she was doing; she loved to sit in that rocking chair and pause for a moment of wonder. I can see her. I can hear her. Though she’s not here, the memories of her heritage keep her story on the screens of our minds.

Mama never gave up. Her story wasn’t over. And now, her story is still alive.

So, what about you? How can you finish your story well? How can you leave a heritage? What can motivate you to return to the script — or, maybe in your case, throw away a structured script and begin all new in a screenplay drafted by grace?

Imagine yourself in a theater. The actress looks so much like you. She talks like you. Her mood resembles the pain within your own hurt. Envision how deep wounds have shortened her days. Hope doesn’t seem to be a part of the soundtrack; the images all look dull.

But then, everything changes. The music. The color. The pace. A stranger told her that she had been healed. He told her life was beginning again for her. The old things were gone. All things were becoming new.

Believe that she is you. Today. A new internal scene of peace no matter what the landscape around you indicates. A new season, a new song, a new plot, a new segment.

It’s not over.

You’re not through.

“The kingdom of heaven is here and now, all around. God uniquely designed you to live there. You are meant to walk in union with God and learn from him how to rule with him. To journey from the world to the kingdom is nothing less than a new birth into a radically different realm of infinite possibilities.”*

Think about your own story. Consider areas you’ve accomplished your goals, and those areas you’ve not finished well. Realize again that it’s not over, that you’re not through. Believe the drama of your life is being guided by the ultimate director. Surrender to God’s will. Even during times of conflict, be ready for a climax of wonder.

* Gary W. Moon, Falling for God (Colorado Springs, Colo.: Waterbrook Press) 42. 

Adapted from Pause for Moms: Finding Rest in a Too Busy World (Greenville, S.C.: True Potential Media, 2013). Used with permission.


CHRIS MAXWELL is author of Pause for Moms: Finding Rest in a Too Busy World.

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