Posted by: ritagone | April 20, 2016

Stories

Stories.

Everybody has one.

You do, if you have a pulse and a heartbeat. If you’re alive.

2026238_orig         Most people don’t think of themselves as being part of a story, like a Shakespearean play, if you will, but really, your life is truly like a play, even if you don’t divide it into three or four acts. It has drama, it has characters, it has tensions and comedy relief. It certainly has dialogue and costume changes, sometimes set changes and character additions and deletions.

Ask Monica Lewinsky, who seems to have re-surfaced from her story of an affair with no less than the President of the United States in the mid-90’s to have become an expert of sorts on shaming via social media. That’s her story, and it’s a fascinating one, and it proves that all of us have a story to tell, even if it takes us 20 years to articulate it.

I’m studying the book of Esther to teach it in September at The Connection, our Thursday morning Bible study at church, which I love. I love that group of women, for one reason, because those ladies also have stories. There are stories of overcoming illnesses like cancer and stories of coming to the group even with the diagnosis of terminal cancer hanging over you. There are divorces and deaths in the family and sorrows and grief and widowhood and travels and the ins and outs of life. Every one of those women sitting in that room has a story to tell, and I love that about them. They are walking novels.

And the book of Esther is nothing if not a great, heroic story that grabs you from the beginning in chapter 1 when Esther is not even a character yet until the ending in chapter 10 when the drama has been resolved and “all’s well that ends well” (thank you, Master Shakespeare, for that quote). Within those chapters there is everything dramatic that you could wish for.

God sure knows how to give us amazing stories in His Word!

I saw a quote the other day that pointed me to the fact once again that peoples’ stories really do matter. It was from 21-year-old Manuel Zabrano, who was trapped in a three story building in Ecuador when it collapsed after that country’s earthquake over this past weekend. When fear gripped him – and how could it not? – he thought about the story of others: “But I remembered the 33 trapped miners in the mine in Chile, and thought that if they could survive so many days, I could do it, too.”

The story of those miners in Chile and what they went through gave Manuel the courage to hang in there until he could be rescued from the rubble. Now he has a story to tell that may in turn rescue others in the future. Paying it forward with stories. What a wonderful legacy to leave to others.

What’s your story? What are you telling to others around you that is of significance, that will make a difference in their lives, that will inspire, uplift, challenge, move them forward?

If you need more inspiration, I recommend you read the book of Esther, the story of a young woman who risked her life to save her condemned people. It’s a story worth telling, worth hearing, and one that has resonated with people – both men and women – down through the centuries for good reason.

Maybe your story will be yet another story that will shape the next generations. How exciting would that be? Or maybe it’s just a story that your own family circle needs to hear, your kids, your grandkids, to know more of who you are and what went into making you the person you are today.

Tell a story about yourself to someone today. And then ask them to share a story about themselves. It’s a great way to get to know someone more intimately very quickly, and a wonderful way to share your own heart. Better than sharing favorite colors!!!

 

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Responses

  1. Wonderful blog!!!! I love to hear others stories. Let’s each tell a short story today about something we think the others haven’t heard.

    I will text or call Harriett a little later this morning.

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  2. Great entry, Rita! I think we were hard-wired by God to learn best through stories. Could be why the Bible’s full of them, ay? I know I have definitely found strength in others’ stories. Our toughest one to date has been our efforts with parenting Lissa and trying to “loose the bonds of wickedness” that were so unfairly thrust on her at such a tender age. God has helped us innumerable times and I’m hoping that someday our story will provide strength for others!

  3. Why is my name kathleeny??? Gotta figure out how to change that. 🙂

    • Isn’t it Kathleen NY? In honor of Gracie? That’s the way I read it.


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