“Tell me a story.” How many times did we say that as kids? This request was usually followed up shortly after with “Will you read it again?”
From an early age, we develop a love for stories. Books become Best Sellers and movies become Blockbusters and musicals end up on Broadway.
It’s not just art. It’s science, technology and math too. We want to know why something was created. We’re curious about the story of Steve Jobs, Alan Turing and Stephen Hawking.
We are driven by story.
Stories begin with words on a page infused with life. That’s where the magic is. It is another’s journey that reaches across a page to touch your life. It’s a living, breathing art form we can enter into. A fairy tale is more than a myth and a saga is more than narration.
We are drawn to story.
Jesus taught with stories. Parables were the vessel for communicating the gospel. The heartbeat of the Greatest Story echoed in every other story is this: rescue, redemption, restoration.
“There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection.”
― George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie
Stories offer a parable of our lives. We each have a story within us – the story we’re walking and crafting. But we also have the Greater Story swirling around in us permeating us with life-giving narrative, direction, purpose, adventure and romance.
We are story.
Again and again, story points us to the Creator, to light in darkness, to our brokenness, to rescue, and to redemption, which is our happily ever after. In the journey and adventure of story, we find our voice, courage, and identity.
“Courage is found in unlikely places.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien
Sermons are meaningful, not because of a series of points, facts and references, but because of the greater story of the Gospel – the story we’re invited into and have a crucial role to play. All good stories reflect the Great Story.