Episode 139: Write Your Own Headlines

    Dec 26, 2022

    Back in 2020—you remember that year, right?—Andy Stanley, like the rest of us,  had apparently had a rough go of it, and had that in mind when he wrote this:

    Sometimes he said, I just want it to stop. Talk of COVID, looting, brutality. (Feel free to insert your own sources of angst here.)

    I lose my way, he confesses. I become convinced that this “new normal” is real life.

    Then, he says, I meet an 87-year-old who talks of living through polio, diphtheria, Vietnam protests and yet is still enchanted with life.

    He seemed surprised when I said that 2020 must be especially challenging for him.

    “No,” he said slowly, looking me straight in the eyes. “I learned a long time ago to not see the world through the printed headlines, I see the world through the people that surround me. I see the world with the realization that we love big. Therefore, I just choose to write my own headlines.

    If you had to write your headlines from this past year, what might they say? Try looking at the last twelve months on your calendar and scrolling through photos in your phone from this year and think of headlines of your life that come to mind.

    Then give a listen to this week’s inspiration about how to make your story your story in the coming year one worth retelling!

    Stanley, Andy. “Reset Your LIfe by Asking Yourself This One Question.” Fox News, January 3, 2021.

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