Publish His glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. // Psalms 96:3
The greatest stories in the Bible were LIVED! Life had to be lived, failures had to be seen, and great misery often had to be felt in order to tell the compelling, raw, and beautiful story.
Good stories shake the bones of those that read the words, because good stories strip our cushy world down.
Today, most of us (aka I) skip over that part. We become too busy trying to find the story and force the words that we forget the story is found in living. We do not need to go searching in hopes that something will jump in our path. We need to live with others and love with others; we need to find the people - the story we wish to tell? it is them.
Good stories are lived. It's that simple.
Good stories are brought to life from the most desolate of places filled with pain and glory, misery and triumph, abandonment and love. Our job is to live and tell, because until the most broken and darkest of souls burn with worth and light, we cannot claim our purpose fulfilled or the story complete.
You're a storyteller. Live it out.
Oh the mountain where I climbed, the valley where I fell, You were there all along, that’s the story I’ll tell. You’ve brought the pieces together, made me this storyteller, now I know it is well, it is well. That’s the story I’ll tell. // Morgan Harper Nichols
These words matter. So deeply. Great stories are happening everywhere in the mission field and around the world. Sometimes these stories hit their mark, but more often than not these stories of God at work often stay hidden, are told ineffectively, or miss their audience completely.
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. // Luke 4:18-19
See the clear connection to our roles as storytellers?
Bring good news. Comfort. Proclaim. Tell.
If we ever doubt how we can show Jesus to readers, there’s our answer. Take readers to places where we can show the work of God’s people as they bring good news to the poor, comfort the brokenhearted, proclaim that captives will be released and that the blind will see and the oppressed will be set free, and of those who tell of those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.
That makes us messengers of the Gospel in a POWERFUL way that we might not have thought about. We are telling previously untold stories of God at work.
We express what others will never see, what others could never imagine, what others never believed to be. We are the storytellers that shake the routine and comfort zone of a blinded world.
Reckless faith and reckless stories. That is what this desperately parched world needs to hear. Words and movement and heart that shakes the chains from their bones and releases the blinders from their eyes.
You are a storyteller. Let that echo through your veins.