The Story Test10:45 AM
If your biggest dream, your ultimate goal, came true, would it make a great story?
That is, does it touch on profound themes? Will its resolution echo in eternity and touch other characters behind and around you? Do you experience incredible conflict and suffering but undying tenacity because of some sort of hope out there that sometimes only you see? Does this story grow you as a character, test you, forge you?
Because some stories don't make good stories, much less great stories. A kid's struggle to win the school science fair might entertain a bored third-grader on a summer afternoon, but it doesn't matter. Or a story might be epic in the making with obtuse characters who ruin all the possibilities of greatness (looking at you, Katniss Everdeen). And a great story doesn't have to involve magic, live battles, and wise old mentors. It can involve the mundane. Oftentimes the greatest stories are the ones that could take place next door.
Your biggest dreams, now. What are you striving for? Pursuing? Could you look back and say that it made a great story? Because if you're pursuing something trivial, something come-and-go, you can bet God's not the author of that story -- for God's the greatest author, and all the stories He pens are great in every sense of the word.