World Storytelling Day

World Storytelling Day

Today is World Storytelling Day. I remember going to the bookstore where my mother worked and listening to a storyteller. She had collected and written down stories from other countries, such as Africa. I could sit there all day taking in those tales. I bought her book and learned some of those stories so I could tell them myself.

Some of my favorite stories came from my mother and grandparents as they shared about their antics as children and the lessons they learned. Mostly the hard way. My paternal grandmother used the old nursery rhymes to amuse my brother and me.

Jesus was a master storyteller, only his weren’t the things of tall tales, rhymes, and legends. He drew crowds and taught them through stories they could relate to and understand. He utilized objects and places that the people were familiar with. His parables were earthly stories with heavenly meanings. Then God inspired people to write them down for future generations.

I am an author who feels I’ve been called to use stories to communicate God’s truths. The fiction stories I pen are my attempts to illuminate truths shown through everyday people’s lives. Kinda my twist on a modern day parable, I suppose.

A few years ago I really analyzed why I communicated God’s truths this way. Some verses in First John really sealed it for me. The question is asked in this Bible book of why John is writing. He first says to tell what he has witnessed. Then his motive is he wants others to enjoy the message and then double his joy in the process. John explains that he isn’t writing anything new or not known but merely confirming and reminding of the truth. He also strives to warn of deceivers through his writing and guide from sin. His purpose is to reiterate the position in Christ – eternal life and boost trust in God.

When I read these verses penned by John so many years ago, I could totally relate. My stories don’t point to any new truths about God. I only reiterate His truths in my unique way of writing. Much of my writing comes from things I have personally witnessed or experienced. My characters simply go through trials that lead them to return to and confirm their faith and possibly to steer them from deception and sin.

Furthermore, we all have a story to tell of how we came to know Christ and the difference He has made in our lives. Maybe you are like me and have had trials that God has brought you through, and God has allowed you to share that with others going through similar circumstances.

I’ll keep telling my stories and illustrating the truths of God through my fiction and through my life story. I think that’s my calling – to be a storyteller for Christ.

How about you? Does someone need to hear your story? Don’t keep it to yourself what God has done for you and in you. Tell it in your own unique way.

Oh, Happy World Storytelling Day!

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Paula Mowery About Paula Mowery

Paula is a pastor’s wife, mom to a college student, author, acquiring editor, and speaker. No matter the hat she wears, she strives to honor God’s plan even if it means going out on a limb and leaving comfort zones. Reviewers have characterized her writing as “thundering with emotion.” Her book, Be The Blessing, won the 2014 Selah Award in the novella category. You can follow Paula on Facebook and learn more about her at her blog.

Comments

  1. We all have a story to tell, Paula. I admire those who do it so well. Thank you for sharing the news about World Storytelling Day!

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  2. Laurie Driesen says:

    You make such a good point Paula, we don’t share any new truths about God, we just share in our unique way and in the way God has called us. I love how you explained that!

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  3. Barbara Harvey Carter Barbara Harvey Carter says:

    I write fiction for the same reasons, Paula, to confirm the reader’s faith or to show them the love of Jesus through my character’s conflicts. Keep writing. The world needs too hear all of our stories.

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  4. Patti, you’re right. We do all have a story to tell, but we have to do it and do it the way that suits us.

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  5. Thanks Laurie. I hadn’t really thought about the fact that we don’t share anything new about God until I read those scriptures in First John. Kinda an aha moment.

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  6. Barbara, you keep writing too. My fiction may not stir a specific reader but yours may. God inspires us for certain readers that need our specific story. Isn’t that a neat thing God does through us?

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