I was in the Rutland Magazine recently. It was an article about my Channel Swim. I haven’t read it, yet. I never read any of the articles about myself. I try and I always think to myself that I will do it. I should. I know I should… but I never do. It makes me feel weird that other people want to tell my story over and over again. Embarrassed. Strange.
I am glad they do tell the story. Er, rather, I am glad the story gets told. In whatever way they feel compelled to tell it. I am always honored when people ask me to speak and educate and inspire – it was always meant to be a gift to my community and I love the impact it continues to have. That is what the story is for – to continue to testify and edify.
That is the purpose of the story. Any story. It might even be my story – but it isn’t me. I am not there anymore. I am not in that chapter of my life, any longer. I am different. Things are different. I have grown and changed so much in only the two years that have passed since then. I want to share who I am now – the now me and all her depth and creativity and ingenuity and insight and courage and intelligence. I am keenly aware of the people nearest me who see me and allow me to be who I am today.
Some days, the now me wants to tell the story of my English Channel swim because there is a new lesson in it I have just uncovered. A new depth. A new place it has brought me to. Some days, I don’t think about it at all. I think about school and work and building a future that makes a marked difference economically and socially. There are some people that I long to tell about it with words meant only for them. Let me tell you the story this one particular way, just this one time. I will speak every word as it flows from the deepest parts of the now me founded on the person who lived that story with the understanding of the now person across from me who is my audience of one. It’s my gift only for you. Nobody else.
The articles will always do for the masses, but you have the chance to know me. You do. The now me. And I long for the chance to be known. Today. Tomorrow. On Christmas. New Years. Every day after that.
I wonder if Yahweh feels this way – kind of strange or embarrassed that people tell stories about who He was thousands of years ago while He is waiting for people to recognize who He is in His profound revelation and relevancy today. Who is the now Him? What is it like to be engaged with Him in all of His creativity and ingenuity and insight and courage and wisdom and love? How does He wish to connect today? Tomorrow? On Christmas? New Years? Every day after that?
What if we let Him tell the story this time – whatever story He wants. Every single day of our lives as we live them together. In growth and change and empowerment and excellence. With courage. Tenacity. Intelligence. Kindness. Love.
What if we let go of religion so that we can have conversations with God? Conversations about science and our earth. About medicine. About government and education and media. Justice. Health. Economics. Business. Maybe He still has something to say about that – in whatever way He still speaks in and through you. Maybe He doesn’t want to talk about your issues. Maybe He longs for somebody to converse with Him about the things that are important to Him now. Maybe that should be both our gift and our resolution. Today. Christmas. New Years.
Every day after that.