…for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. Proverbs 1:6
If you’ve been reading the Bible long enough, you know that Jesus used parables to illustrate key points. Riddles and stories are threaded throughout the Old and New Testaments. These kinds of linguistic tools are very important for communicating truth. I daresay that storytelling (and its cousin joke telling) is a lost art. We’re so used to forwarding jokes and stories that we’ve forgotten just how much we like it. In fact, on the rare occasion that I preach, my wife always asks, “do you have stories?” Stories make the text interesting and provide a connection to the audience.
So, what’s the last long story you told? Can you remember? What about the last joke (other than a one liner)?
What’s your story as a Christian? How did you become one? What changed your thinking? Write down your story into a 3-4 minute story that you’re able to tell. Refine it. Hone it, Make it you. Then begin practicing it. You’ll be surprised at the many opportunities the Holy Spirit will prompt you to use it. It’s your story and there’s not a bit of fiction in it.