One day, a father wanted to bring his family out. He wanted to spend time with his wife and only son. They went out to see the new war film that everyone was talking about. The movie had so much gore that the son got terrified and halfway through the movie asked his father if they could leave.
They went out through the side entrance, and as they were walking, there was a thief who tried to rob them. While they were being robbed, the thief shot the father and the mother in front of the son.
The son was traumatized with what happened. But instead of taking revenge, he decided to do something better. He decided to overcome the cycle of revenge. He prepared himself to fight for those who couldn’t fight for themselves. He improved his skills and became an inspiration for the people. He showed that they can stand up for what is right. He became more than a man, he became a beacon of hope.
This is the story of Bruce Wayne, The Batman. That is my favorite fictional story of all time.
Stories are powerful because you can easily relate with them, plus they’re interesting. It invokes not only values, but also emotions. I could simply tell you that you should “live for something bigger than yourselves”, but that statement would be hollow. But if you wrap it through a story, then that would have so much more power to touch someone.
That's the reason why we love movies, books, teleseryes and gossip... Because stories intrigue us.
I have a very simple story, my mom was bedridden with me for 6 months when she was pregnant with me. I didn't have a great relationship with my Dad when I was growing up. I had a lot of angst, and insecurities. I have failed romantic relationships because I was looking for love in the wrong places. I was in relationships for all the wrong reasons, to fill a void that only God can fill.
Jesus believed in stories as well, that’s why he constantly used them to bless people. Jesus is the master story teller... and we use his stories to guide our lives.
What about you, what's your story?