Your Book is a Rough Draft
Benjamin Franklin wrote in his own epitaph, “The body of Benjamin Franklin, printer, like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out, stripped of its lettering, and gilding, lies here, food for worms. But the work shall not be lost; for it will, as he believed, appear once more in a new and more elegant edition, revised and corrected by the Author.”
Dr. Marc Monte, in his final message of this year's Bible Conference, compared the Christian life to a book that a Christian coauthors with God. But very often when God puts the pen in our hands and gives us a choice of what to write, we mangle the manuscript. By following God's outline, we can get the story back where it needs to be, but there's still a glaring plot hole left behind in that previous chapter.
Fortunately, God has accounted for that. This life's story is a very, very rough draft, but in the areas where we botched the choice God gave us, the "Finisher of our faith" blots out the fragmented passages and rewrites them in the red ink of Christ's blood. When the story is finished, we will see our draft published in a new and perfected edition, with pages white as snow.0