Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Stories That We Tell

This morning I had coffee with a guy that I have been discipling for 2 years. We were talking about how important it is in life to stay positive. We had just read from God's word the previous week, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8

As we began talking about that it dawned on me that it is the struggles of life that typically define the stories of life. And the stories we tell tend to shape the cultures we dwell in.

I thought back to "Spirituals" or songs that were sung by enslaved African people in the United States. Most of those songs tell a story. Songs of suffering...yet songs of hope in the suffering. That defined and defines so many of our cultures today.

The people of God in the Old Testament had similar stories of oppression and deliverance that were recounted over and over again. Those stories shaped the culture.

As a parent, what stories are you telling to shape the culture of your family?

As a leader of your church, your family, or your organization, what stories are you telling? Pay careful attention. Because the stories you tell will often times set a culture. What kind of culture do you want? Think about the stories that you tell...

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