Storytelling has been around as long as the human race. The serpent told a story to Eve. We know that was a false story (He twisted the truth in his story to her). There are all kinds of stories and many different ways to tell them. Storytelling can be done verbally, written, through music or acting. All are effective, depending upon their content, delivery and audience. The stories can be fantasy, fiction, biographical, historical, self-help, how-to books, etc. There are plenty of options for all situations and people.
I remember that my Grandma used to watch soap operas during the day. She called them her “stories”. I had to be sure not to call during her “stories” or she was so preoccupied she didn’t hear a word I was saying. I never watched daytime soap operas but I did get caught up in Downton Abbey and hated to see that series end. A good story has the ability to capture our attention, doesn’t it? We feel like we are right there in their midst. I even dream about whatever movie I’ve watched or book I’ve read that day. So…I do NOT watch scary movies!
I know people who can tell a good story, whether make believe or truth, they just seem to have a way about them that makes us want to keep listening. I am not one of those people. I usually mess up the punch lines in a joke too but that’s another story altogether. I do love a good story though and enjoy being with people who can tell them well.
The great thing about books is that your imagination can create the characters and places as you see them in your own mind. I have always loved to read. My Mom shared that gift with me and I am thankful. I have to admit though that I do love a happy ending in books and movies with all the loose ends tied up on pretty bows. That doesn’t always happen but when it does it makes my heart smile.
A few years ago we took a family vacation (well, not all of us – we are a large family, but a good group of adults and children). Anyway, we created our own story book on that trip. I started the story and then passed it to another person who added to the story from that point, then on to the next and the next until everyone had participated. It was fun and it was funny to see how each person interpreted the story and characters. We all had fun reading it from beginning to end and seeing the twists and turns each person put into the story line. I highly recommend that for anyone who is heading out on a trip with a group of people. I think we all enjoyed it (adults and kids).
The greatest story of all though is written in a book that is readily available to all of us here in the United States. The Bible. You can read it for yourself either with a book, electronically, or listen to someone else read it, It is so easy to get that I even have it on my phone and computer. This story has everything in it and the best part is – it’s a true story! All through the years people have been trying to prove the Bible false but it always proves itself true. However, you can’t just take a few verses or chapters and try to make sense out of them, you must read the entire thing. Then you realize how true it is and how it all fits together. It doesn’t matter what type of story you like to read, it’s all in the Bible. I don’t know of any other book that offers all these things. Check out this brief list: love, passion, betrayal, faithfulness, miracles, obedience, disobedience, consequences, beauty, disasters, life, joy, peace, relationships, politics, intrigue, blessings, curses, truth, eternal life, war, natural disasters, geography, agriculture, construction, precious gems, astrology, etc. etc. The list goes on and on but the best part is…for those who believe, there are no loose ends and there is a very happy ending!
So, if you want a good story – look no further than the Bible. It will bless you and no matter how many times you read it, you will still see something you missed before. It’s a book for lifelong learning and is life giving. It doesn’t get any better than that. So whether you want to hold a book in your lap and read, get it on your phone or computer, or listen to a tape, pick up a copy and get started. You will find it hard to put down. The Bible – the Greatest Story Ever Told and we can read it for ourselves. Enjoy!