In Others’ Words: Tell Me a Story
I just came back from a writers conference. Besides the word “Hello,” — usually accompanied by lots of laughter and hugs — do you want to know what the most repeated phrase/question was?
“What are you writing?”
Yeah, get in a hotel full of writers and there’s going to be a lot of people talking about story.
But you know what I think? Everyone loves story. Everyone has a story. We are surrounded by story just like today’s quote says.
A few years back there was this reporter who drove around the country looking for people with stories to tell. He would drive into town, grab a phone book and randomnly pick a name. And then he’d interview that oh-so-random person. And guess what? There was always an amazing story to be told — every. single. time. (Anybody else remember this?)
I’ve come to look at people two ways:
- each person I meet is a story waiting to be discovered
- each person I meet is made in the image of God
Yes, I have my story too. But you know what? I’m surrounded by story. It’s a gift to be invited to listen in on someone else’s story — to learn who they are, where they come from, what they dream about …
There are stories written inside books and then there are life stories inside people’s hearts and minds. Both are powerful, but only one is eternal.
In Your Words: What stories are you surrounded by? And how would you answer the question: What’s your story?
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