The largest and fifth picture on my wall is a collage landscape of Calgary. I grew up there.
It was the lower end income side of town but we didn't know that. My father built his own house. He lived there until the end. I rode my bike about three miles to go to elementary school. I took the bus one hour every day to high school. I remember when the Calgary Tower used to be the Husky Tower.
It's a part of my history. I love history. In fact I minored in history in university along with my bachelor of science of physical education degree.
When I was introduced to the Bible in my late teens I became even more intrigued with history because it allowed me to see history through spiritual eyes.
Many people think history is boring. That's because they haven't realized the importance of history's immovability.
For the most part history is just that: history. It's something in the past that can't be changed. No variety. No adjustments. No creative alternatives. Something that can't be undone. So, let's just leave it behind and live for today? Right? Wrong!
There seems to be a strange merger of fiction and history as if the imagination of creativity were kissing cousins with the credibility of history. The result is a historical event with a twist of creativity without any apology for the twisting of actual historical details.
The result is an audience who has become confused and ambiguous concerning the lessons history can teach us. This thought caught my attention a while back when the movie The Da Vinci Code came out.
I love the movie, but dislike the merger of fiction and historical details. In short, the book begins with a statement "everything you read is based on fact" and for the most part, even that statement is a statement of fiction.
Apparently everything we have been told is a hoax.
Apparently the details of our faith in Christ is a hoax as well. All you need is a pen, a best-seller, and better, a movie, and you can rewrite the details of everything that has gone before you.
I love creative writing, but it's a concern when the historical credibility of my faith is tampered with.
It was in that timeline of history, namely 1960, that I was born. I would love to rewrite myself as being younger, but that would be fiction. It was in Calgary that I learned about God.
It was in Calgary that I was introduced to faith in Christ. It was in Calgary that I developed a passion to follow God. It was in Calgary that I grew in my hunger for God's word. A real timeline.
Real history. Anyway, it's a story attached to real dates.
It's history in my life. And, to the best of my ability I will pass on my history to those who follow after me.
Think about it. What you are reading just became history the moment you read it.
Do you have any of histories worth telling? If you don't tell them we just might doubt that they ever existed.
? John Thoutenhoofd is a young adult life coach with Central Heights Church.