When XM Productions was founded in 1997 its purpose was to tell stories. Stories are what drive the human race, they inspire us, teach us, and entertain us. As XM grew both logistically and creatively we began to understand the power of a story more fully. You see, its not just the act of telling a story that can have an impact, but the act of telling YOUR story can literally change the lives of the people listening. We have become passionate about telling stories, so passionate in fact that we want to tell anyone who is willing to listen that their story is significant. The good parts, the not-so-great parts, the happy parts, the sad parts, every single piece of your story is vital to the person God is shaping you into. Your story is important, so tell it!
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Every story has a beginning. Sometimes is starts with "Once upon a time..." or "A long time ago...", when it comes to your story, it starts with a birthday. When you were born you obviously couldn't write so someone else had to start your story for you, and that can often be where the chaos of life starts.
When we began to showcase this concept to people we decided to take a moment to celebrate everyone's birthday. So we distributed our very own custom made birthday cards and asked people to have as many people as possible to sign them. Our goal was to celebrate and acknowledge the value of the start of every persons story!
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The pen is a powerful instrument. So many documents have survived the test of time simply because they were written in pen. The harsh reality is that your past is written in pen. There are some parts of your story that you simply can't change. Sometimes it's acknowledging the things we can't change that helps us use those parts of our stories for good.
We chose to illustrate this topic by tie-dying. Our thought was that we could take something permanent such as die on a piece of clothing, and turn it into something that is useful and even beautiful. Some things are permanent, but just because something permanent doesn't mean it has to be ugly.
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"You can't change your past, but you can change your future." - Reggie Dabbs
Your past is permanent. There isn't anything that you can do that will make your past go away. However the cool part about God is that he takes us, ugly past and all, and turns our lives into something beautiful and valuable. So yes, your past may be permanent, but when we hand our pasts over to God he gives us the opportunity to be something greater.
We wanted to give people the opportunity to live out the concept of giving their pasts to God. To do this we took index cards and had people write things that they need to let go of. Once they finished they rolled up the paper and placed it inside a balloon that we then filled with helium. We asked people to let go of the things that they we holding onto that they needed to give to God.
There's a point in your life when the things that happen to you are no longer in the hands of other people. This is the point where you pick up the pen for yourself and begin writing your story. The responsibility of it can be scary, but taking ownership of your story and your choices is vital.
Once you have the pen you quickly realize the impact that the choices you make have on your story. This is when you start to know which opinions are valuable and which ones aren't. We need to make sure that we are pursuing Godly wisdom rather than worldly trends. Pursuing Godly wisdom means that you are cultivating a relationship with God and surrounding yourself with Godly influences.
Once choice can make a difference in your life. When we find ourselves off of the path that we are supposed to be walking its often a direct result of our choice making. We often don't realize the impact that our choices have on our lives until after we make them. This it is vital to understand that one choice has the potential to impact the very course of our lives.
This chapter was inspired by a production produced by XM Productions. More information and videos to come!
The present consists of three things: an accumulation of your choices, your current reality, and the anticipation of your future. Your present is the sum of your choices, so it is very important to cultivate good habits.