A Life Lived in God’s Larger Love Story
Larry’s own words: As a kid, I remember lying on the lawn of my childhood home looking up at the late summer sky as the sun began to set. I had (what I now would identify as) my first feeling of transcendence. The thought came into my mind that there was a reality that was bigger than I was, but that somehow, I was a part of it. I simultaneously felt small and included in something bigger–something that would require an adventure to be discovered. I believe that was the moment that God planted the idea of His Larger Story within me.
Throughout my journey, in the triumphs and tragedies, I’ve been consistently re-centered on this concept that my story finds its deepest meaning and purpose when I am living to tell God’s story.
That was Larry Crabb-
living brilliantly for 76 years to tell God’s story,
a story about love.
Love that is free and nurturing and healing.
Larry dedicated his life to nurturing others and joining them on their healing journey.
Love that is pure and holy and whole.
Larry was a man of integrity who pursued God with all of his might, gaining holiness and wholeness along the way.
Love that changes me and transforms you.
Larry believed that change occurs from the inside out and he lived every day in humble repentance, always envisioning and inviting another to be transformed.
The love our hearts are thirsty for.
Larry lived thirsty until the very end.
And now he is truly his best self,
living fully alive to God’s grand love story,
dancing with the Trinity to music that likely sounds a lot like Elvis.
“Let me invite you into the greatest love story ever told. If you hear it, you’ll want to be a part of it.”
66 Love Letters
What Story is Your Life Telling?
Lonely. Isolated. Empty. Confused. Shouldn’t life be more?
More fulfilling, more meaningful, more enjoyable?
The Bible’s story is one that will take you further down than you ever wanted to go and lift you higher than you ever imagined you could travel. It is a story that provides the power not to give you everything you want in this world but to transform the little story of your life into part of a meaningful and wonderfully, larger story that is the only one worth telling now while you wait for the satisfaction of every desire in the next world when you meet the Storyteller. Larry Crabb 66 Love Letters
Larry’s every desire is satisfied. He is face to face with the Storyteller, but the story God was telling with his life continues as an example to follow and an invitation to accept. Larry’s lifework and legacy inspires and exhorts us to escape the slavery of a small story that is all about self and to daily choose to live free and fully alive to the greatness of another story, God’s story.
Will you join us as we Live the Larger Story?
As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8 And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing. 2 Timothy 4: 6-8
I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again. 2 Timothy 1:4
Living in the Larger Story | Episode 6 | Finding God
Dr. Larry Crabb is interviewed at the 2018 Convene Conference by Greg Leith
Living in the Larger Story | Episode 7 | God of My Father