It’s Memoir Time
Memoirs and autobiographies are now perennially best-sellers. This is probably because people use them as a way to spin their life stories into entertaining and positive tales. I love Bill Clinton’s line: "A lot of presidential memoirs are dull and self-serving. I hope mine is interesting and self-serving."
As this genre becomes less about fact and more about artistic fabrication, Jill Ker Conway ponders, “Why is autobiography the most popular form of fiction for modern readers?”
I think it’s because the way we remember our lives says something significant about us. A memoir may not faithfully convey the details of our lives, but it does speak to what we hope our lives could be. This is why I cut David some slack in the way he presents his life in 2 Samuel 23:1-7. The passage presents him as remembering his life in grandiose terms, but perhaps we should read this as conveying the hopes and dreams he had for himself.
We all should spend time thinking about how we would write our memoirs. This week, spend some time thinking about the course of your life. What would you highlight? What do you wish you could spin another way? And what do you hope no one ever knows?! A little “memoir time” may be the very thing God uses to help us get into touch with the hopes and dreams we have for our lives.