Stories and Worldviews

March 4, 2011
Paul Loewen |

Sometimes I think we don't give stories enough credit. I, for one, love stories. But by the time the public education system has had its way, people lose their imagination. And they relegate stories to children and teenagers. Or to illustrations to be explained. But there has been a loss along the way. 

I love that Jesus loved to teach in stories. It wasn't the only way he taught, but it was definitely a good part of his ministry. And stories are truly a great teaching method - they force you to listen (because you want to know the next part), they use your imagination (and it wouldn't hurt to use it more), and they activate your memory in a way that facts, details, and lectures don't. Just think back over the past few sermons you've heard - do you remember the three points? Or do you remember the stories?

If someone asks you, "Who are you?" what's your usual response? Usually the response is to start listing things you've done or things you have - your accomplishments, your job, your education, your family. True, these things are a part of who we are. But are they foundational? If we changed jobs, would we still be who we are? If we hadn't accomplished anything, would we be nothing? What are we basing our identities on? While we answer the question with things that, truth be told, are negotiable or replaceable, I believe we base who we actually are on our stories. 

What do I mean by "stories"? I mean our foundations, our worldviews. These are the stories that we hold true, that define who we are - where we've been and where we're going. They're more than a resume, they're the core of our being. 

So, what are your stories? What truths do you hold onto that define your reality?

Taking Heart,


Author Name: 
Paul Loewen
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