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TELL US A STORY
WHO DOESN’T LOVE a good story? And who isn’t loyal to the suppliers of our most beloved narratives? Obviously, the idea of what constitutes a good story may vary. Some of us devour Conan Doyle, others J.K. Rowling or Philip K. Dick. Some binge-watch Game of Thrones, while others prefer House of Cards. Immersive stories such those underlying video games may be your medium. Historical biographies may attract you, or the nightly news may be your must-see TV.
A few of us want our stories live, so we sit in sidewalk bistros and watch the world go by. We encourage friends to tell us what’s happened since we last met. We drop evites to long-lost classmates, hoping to pick up the narrative where we left off. Story is the ultimate form of entertainment, of course. But it’s more than that.
Each of us lives inside a story that serves many purposes. Our private narrative bolsters our egos when events deflate us: we’re really misunderstood superheroes, innocent victims, or living saints! Our personal stories provide us with continuity: in an ever-evolving reality, we center down in a “self” composed of where we’ve been, who we love, what we’ve done so far. Our story gives us meaning. It explains our flaws, why this song makes us cry, why our goals are shaped just so.
Since story is so crucial to our identity and inspires such loyalty, no wonder God comes to us in sacred stories. We come to know God, and ourselves, as we give our attention to them.
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