Writing Your Biography
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As you glean over someone’s bio you are able to get a quick glance of the type of person they are
Reference: v.32 but no stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveller (TNIV Bible)
Explore: As a radio producer I have to read a lot of biographies. Whether people are requesting an interview or I am searching them out for an interview, I will always look over their bio to see what they have done in their life. There are many people who have accomplished great things and display a very impressive bio. There are people who have endured great personal hardships, some who have dedicated their lives to help those less fortunate and others who have risen to the status of rich and famous. As you glean over someone’s bio you are able to get a quick glance of the type of person they are: their priorities, their talents and their desires.
Application: Chapter 31 of Job is a bio of Job himself. He justifies himself before God by explaining all that he has done. He speaks of his pure heart for his family, his commitment to those less fortunate and his fairness to all. As a personal biography it’s rather impressive. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone with such a pure record. Now I know that a work biography needs to show your accomplishments, but I wonder what people’s bios would look like if they had to explain character rather than achievements. I’m not sure I would be so ready to send my character bio out for public perusal. But really in the end, it is our characters that are more important than our accomplishments. We can achieve great things but there is no point if we get there through dodgy means. As we look towards setting new goals may we look at our character as well as aiming for our accomplishments.
Prayer: Dear Lord, in our purpose focused world we are always so set on achieving great things. May we move forward with purpose but make sure our character is kicking just as many goals as our accomplishments.
What would your character bio say about you?