Your Story Matters
The first story I remember sitting down and reading on my own was “Jacob Two-Two & the Hooded Fang” by Mordecai Richler. I couldn’t put it down. I read late into the night, everyone else was in bed but I sat in the kitchen compelled to finish. It was exhilarating! The story grabbed my imagination, activating all sorts of synapses in my brain, flooding it with dopamine. It was so good. Of course, I didn’t know that’s all that was happening at the time but regardless, I was addicted to the power of story.
This was not the first story I had heard. I was raised on stories, some fictional, some true, some spoken, some written. For most of us, stories are a large part of our formation. Being raised in a church culture meant that many of the first stories I heard were stories from the Bible. Stories are the primary means by which the Bible communicates with us – and for good reason. They help form the way we think and how we look at our world. They help us to understand and remember things in ways that a simple explanation never can. To hear a good story means to be moved and inspired. It means being motivated to do something positive in your own life as well. Stories are life-changers.
This Fall, we are going to read and hear stories that matter. This means two things: One is we will explore the stories from the Bible that help us see what a God-shaped world looks like. We want to allow the stories to move and inspire us in our belief in God and in what God can do through me/us.
The other is to explore our own story. You are created by God; given life, and breath and meaning. That means you have a story worth telling – your story matters too. Where do you fit into God’s story? What are the significant chapters – for good or bad – that are part of making you who you are? Who’s writing the next chapter of your life? What part does God play in your story? When we are aware of the story (stories) that has shaped us, we are better able to move ahead in life with confidence and faith.
We want to listen to each other’s stories, be inspired and moved as we hear how God is working in people’s lives. If you would like to tell your story, please reply below.