“Just because we have cars and buses shouldn’t mean we forget how to walk. And just because we have books and television sets shouldn’t mean we forget how to tell stories.” ~ Pete Seeger, Pete Seeger’s Storytelling Book
“If you are around a person for several minutes or hours, you should be able to turn that conversation around to the things of God. Make this your constant goal!” ~ Dan DeHaan, Intercepted by Christ
This afternoon I tried something new. I sat on my back porch and read a story to my girls about a kid with a magic comb. And they loved it. I was even asked to read another one.
I’m in the middle of Pete Seeger’s Storytelling Book and it’s a real gem. Seeger reminds us that before there were movies and TV and Internet to keep us entertained, we told each other stories. For some odd reason, we have stopped telling stories and left it to the professionals. And that’s a real shame.
We don’t have to be great at storytelling to experience the magic that can happen. Stories have a way of working into our lives, forging connections between hearts, bridging generations old and new. Stories can reach into places where we can’t go otherwise. And it’s not just for kids. Stories can be a gateway to the most important conversations of all.
I am reminded of Jesus. Whenever he wanted to talk about the Kingdom of God, more often than not he would tell a tale about a mustard seed or a lost coin. Whenever he was challenged by naysayers, he would respond with story.
Most importantly, he liked to tell stories about God. He always turned the conversation towards the eternal, towards things that mattered.
We get ourselves all worked up about sharing the things of God, like there’s a code to be cracked or some sales pitch to be memorized.
Try letting go of all that. Tell your story instead.
What’s your story?