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Have you Abandoned your Story?

Every wonder why stories speak to people as they do? Is it, as Brent Curtis and John Eldredge write in The Sacred Romance, that it is written into our very beings?

Life is not a list of propositions, it is a series of dramatic scenes. As Eugene Peterson said, “We live in narrative, we live in story. Existence has a story shape to it. We have a beginning and an end, we have a plot, we have characters.” Story is the language of the heart. Our souls speak not in the naked facts of mathematics or the abstract propositions of systematic theology…Contrast your enthusiasm for studying a textbook with…read[ing] a novel, or listen[ing] to the stories of someone else’s life.

Is it any wonder why stories of people finding their purpose, their part of the Story, never go away? A little Hobbit defeats evil and saves Middle Earth…frail Steve Rogers becomes Captain America…Luke Skywalker doesn’t want to stand on the sidelines anymore… Perhaps it is because we too often abandon our story?

Children aren’t a bad place to look when we’re trying to get beyond the cynicism of adulthood…Before skepticism takes over (what we mistakenly call maturity), children intuit the true Story as a fairy tale…the best fairy tales aren’t romantic in the poor sense of the word. They are realistic, only more so. There are ogres and evil sorcerers and wicked stepmothers, to be sure. But they are neither the whole story or the heart of it. There are genuine heroes and heroines and a cause to live for that is worth dying for. There is a quest or a journey strewn with danger and the stakes could never be higher.

Choose to not ignore that you are part of something bigger than your day to day tasks and busyness. Find your place in the Story.

It is not too late.

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Telling Stories

How many people do you know that you really know? Think about it. How many coworkers, friends and family — people you known for many years — have told you their story? When do we think to ask, “Tell me your story” ? The fact is this:

Everyone has a story.

We all tend to live in very small parts of the human existence, in spite of being connected 24/7. That’s why I like those type of short stories that are snapshots of another part of the country. Someone else’s life. Take Edd Voss’ Rambling.

It is a collection of short stories, some inspired by his travels and life, others completely fictional. In the midst of some very personal tales, we find two pieces of sci-fi. In all of them, if for only a few moments, you are able to leave your world for a bit. It’s like taking a trip cross-country (fitting for the author — a truck driver), through time and imagination. Visit where you have never been. Find people you’ve never met.

Everyone should take the time to put together a book like this. They don’t have to be epics or perfect in prose or looking for fame and fortune. Everyone has stories that deserve to be told and preserved.

When will you tell yours?

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