If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories you may be lost in life. —Siberian Elder
People listen to stories and remember them. They often impact us in a way that other forms of teaching don’t. Maybe that’s why such a large part of our culture and beliefs are tied to stories....i.e. films, books, the Bible....
Stories have depth and multiple dimensions; they help us create human connections in a world that seems very complex.
When stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.
Stories give us context; they can help us bridge gaps and heal wounds. Stories reveal our beliefs and the lenses through which we view our world; and as such, our stories shape our experience and the future that will unfold.
Without authentic stories we are disconnected from a unifying purpose, vision, context, community or core value.
The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in. —Harold Goddard
The same is true for us individually — by reciting the same stories again and again, we maintain the same patterns of experience.
If you keep telling the same sad small story, you will keep living the same sad small life. —Jean Houston
What is your story? Do you keep telling the same one over and over and it seems life never changes?
Could it be that because we can only believe where we are now and not what God has for our future, we are stuck in our small story?
"How can I picture God's kingdom for you? What kind of story can I use? It's like a pine nut that a man plants in his front yard. It grows into a huge pine tree with thick branches, and eagles build nests in it."
Luke 13:18 (The Message)
Your and my story are a lot alike.....we start as a pine nut but the story God wants us to grow into is HUGE!