dear memoirist, are divinely linked to the reason Jesus told parables.
see, there’s a reason you won’t find spreadsheets and charts and bullet points
and graphs in the Bible. There’s a reason that, instead, the Bible is full of
a reason Jesus replied with a story (Luke 10:30).
see, stories are among God’s most
powerful and effective tools.
stories can be among God’s most powerful and effective tools.
uniquely illustrate, illuminate, and educate.
respond to ‘story’ differently than they do to the same content organized into
any other narrative form and structure.…” says Kendall Haven.
has confirmed that “The human mind processes ‘stories’ differently than it does
other narrative forms [such as ‘a lecture, a talk, a presentation’].” Haven
continues, “Words and sentences—seemingly magically—suddenly become, in the
mind of the listener, a story and, at that moment, the receiver’s mind begins
to respond to and to process the material differently.…
“The human brain is literally hardwired to
process stories differently than other forms of information.… They create
meaning from stories differently.… Stories can lift human hearts and make them
soar into the heavens. Stories can literally changes lives! The same
information delivered in a non-story form rarely does so.…” (Kendall Haven,
Guber says it this way: “Stories … are
far more than entertainment. They are the
most effective form of human communication, more powerful than any other way of
presentations may be powered by state-of-the-art technology. But reams of data
rarely engage people and move them to action. Stories, on the other hand, are
connect us to others.… Without stories,” Guber says, “we couldn’t understand
ourselves. They … give us much of the framework for much of our understanding.…
While we think of stories as fluff, … something extraneous to real work, they
turn out to be the cornerstone of consciousness.” (Peter Guber, emphasis mine; http://www.psychologytoday.com/collections/201106/the-power-stories/the-inside-story)
Haven and Guber know it or not, they’re referring to the fact that God created
humankind to respond to stories.
stories. They are powerful. Stories are among God’s most compelling and successful
As you write
your memoirs, then, recognize you’re participating in a God-inspired, God-planned
practice that has taken place since before recorded history.
Yours is a
stories can help readers examine their lives and make sense of who they are and
why they were born. They can help people find their way.
stories can pass on wisdom and motivate people to do the right thing and to live
can calm anxiety and offer tenacious hope.
can shine light on possibilities, offer solutions, and change a life’s
stories can illustrate truth, honesty, and integrity.
can inspire loyalty and commitment.
stories can transform hate into love, fear into courage.
stories can teach, influence, empower, and heal.
can break down barriers.
can bring comfort, cheer, and redemption.
stories can solve mysteries and help people make decisions.
can inspire an awe of God, His majesty and glory.
can lead people to His love and grace.
can use your stories to change someone’s life for now and eternity.