Writing your story in 2018

Deep down in every human heart is a longing to live the story that someday we would love to tell. We can do our best to shrug off or discredit that desire, but it still simmers and is always present.

So as we enter a new year, let’s take this opportunity to evaluate the story our lives are writing. On Dec. 31, 2020, if you and I sat down in front of a television and I put in a DVD of highlights from the next three years of your life, what would you want to see on that television? When your time here on earth is done and your name comes up at your family’s holiday gathering or at the coffee shop, what story do you want someone to tell about you? Are you living the life today that will produce the story tomorrow that you would love to tell?

You may think it is beyond you or too late to write or alter that story, but I strongly disagree. I believe that is a lie that comes from the enemy of your soul. Every decision takes you closer or further from that story, so the key is to prioritize and make the best decisions today. You may not see immediate results, but remember you are making more progress than you think. Decisions are like compound interest; there is a payoff that multiplies over a period of time.

Here are four decisions I encourage you to make in January. Why not focus on one of them each week? And then live out your decisions throughout 2018 and see what God can do.

The first decision is, “What do I need to start doing in order to live the story I want to tell?” Don’t get overwhelmed, but simply decide on one healthy habit to add to your life in 2018.

Number two is, “What do I need to stop doing in order to live the story I want to tell?” Our decisions are often more connected than what we think so what do you need to stop doing that will redirect and correct your story more than any other?

Number three is, “What do I need to keep doing, even though I feel like quitting, in order to live the story I want to tell?” Where are you tempted to give up but you know that giving up will take you further from the story you would love to tell?

Number four is “What do I need to release (that you are hanging on to perhaps due to fear, comfort or security) and take a step of faith in order to live the story I want to tell?”

During the month of January at Prairie Heights, we are going to look at these questions and encourage one another to answer them and start living the story today that we want to tell tomorrow. And the good news is, if you are a person who seeks God, he will guide and strengthen you and establish your steps. In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps (Proverbs 16:9).

Happy New Year!

Hauser is founding and senior pastor, Prairie Heights of Fargo Moorhead. Email jon@