I’m all about stories. I learn so much from the stories of others. Wisdom and values are more easily heard through the use of stories. I think that is why Jesus taught so much in parables. He recognized stories connected with people better than just a lecture. He used life experiences to share important teachings. Consider the parable of the Good Samaritan. Such wisdom and illustration of love from a story about a mugging. Not what you expect.
In assisting persons to write about their life stories, I have heard unpredictable results; a man weeping over regret of an act committed as a young boy or a woman, in retrospect, realizing the hand of God had been present and guiding her all through her life.
The Bible encourages us to share stories and hand them down to future generations. David writes in Psalm 78:1-4: Listen, my people, to my teaching and pay attention to what I say. I am going to use wise sayings and mysteries from the past…things that our ancestors told us. We will not keep them from our children; we will tell the next generation about the Lord’s power and his great deeds and the wonderful things he has done.
1 Peter 5:5 says: In the same way you, younger people must submit to your elders. We should pray to listen to the wisdom of our older adults. They have lived and are still living valuable noteworthy lives. Let us ask them to share with us their stories about how God has “shown up” for them.
Dear God, thank you for teaching us in stories that persons of any age can understand. Let us look to those older and wiser and ask them to share with us their stories of life lessons and your love to help us learn, grow and pass on your presence to future generations. AMEN
Prayer point: Please pray for God to motivate and mobilize 700 of our people to serve in local ministries and short-term mission trips as a part of our First West 100 effort.
Today’s Reading: 1 Peter 5:5