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Hello Friends: 5.10.12- Power of Story

Hello Friends,

Story is important.

How did you meet the love of your life?
Let me tell you a story.

What happened when 13th century Scotland opposed England’s rule?
Let me tell you a story.

What would happen if two people from very different social classes fell in love on a doomed cruise ship?
Let me tell you a story.

Story is important. Otherwise, you might hear:

How did you meet the love of your life?
At work. 

What happened when 13th century Scotland opposed England’s rule?
 William Wallace was disemboweled.

What would happen if two people from very different social classes fell in love on a doomed cruise ship?
Jack dies.

You know who knew the importance of story? Jesus Christ.

Much of what Jesus said was in story form (think of mustard seeds, weeds, a prodigal son, and a woman searching for a lost coin).

Jesus included men and women into his story. Those close to him were part of his life and were able to share what they knew about Jesus because they heard his voice and witnessed his miracles and took part in his adventures.

Those who wrote about Jesus (the “good news” books by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) did so in the form of story. Interestingly, each of these books, while essentially reporting the same good news, did so with different emphases for different audiences.

How many of us as seekers of the same good news came to know Jesus in any way besides “story” – either because we heard about Jesus’ story or because we saw others living it?

Story is important because it is worth far more than its entertainment value. Story is important because it means community. It means redemption. It means love.

We are part of Jesus’ story because it is for each of us that he died and miraculously rose again. Our personal stories are empty shells until we let Jesus’ story become our own.

Jesus’ story is most impactful when it gets told – over and over and over again. Jesus’ story is most amazing when we tell it through not only our words but also our actions.

So, whose story are you part of?
Who is in your story?
How can your story effect those around you?
And most importantly, is Jesus part of your story?

Blessings,

Sarah Warnock
Community & Leadership Development
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