We love stories.
Soothing and scary bed me stories read on laps. Stories about our family’s history told over heirlooms. Stories about God’s love for the world shared from a Bible. Click‐bait stories displayed over social media. Local stories discussed in the produce section of the grocery store. Most of us appreciate a well‐told story, but how do we get there? How do we actually go about crafting a story that people will hear and remember? The NY Times Smarter Living guide published How to Tell a Good Story, breaking the process down into four steps. Google it in order to see the whole guide.
Who, What, When
Putting it Together
Don’t obsess over getting it perfect at first; just get going!
Take a deep breath. You’ve prac ced this!
Taking it Further
Keep finding places to practice.
I know the thought of speaking in front of others frightens many of you, especially when it comes to faith. Rest assured—we are in this together. I still get bu erflies in my own stomach, along with a small gulp.
However, there is no way to get better at telling stories to people than by telling stories to people.
The stories we tell—whether “ministry moments.” bedtime Bible sagas, recounting a good time at church with our neighbor, or posting a picture and cap on on social media—well, they have the potential to make a difference. St. John’s story. God’s story. Our story. Tell and live the Story!
Rev. Rachael C. Dietz