Everyone loves a story. Start telling a story and you almost immediately have a captive audience. The story can be anything from a fourth grade teacher reading Call of the Wild to their class, to an old guy in a coffee shop sharing the latest gossip. If there’s a story to be told, people will stop and listen.
Do you think this is why movies have such an appeal? Let’s face it, movies are simply stories told through the medium of moving pictures (hence the name). Every movie allows us to watch and listen to a story as it unfolds, and western culture can’t seem to get enough. Some of the stories we watch will have us on the edge of our seats, while others will have us grabbing a tissue. No matter what the genre of the movie, the theaters will be filled week after week. Why? Because we love stories!
Stories transport us. They capture our imaginations and cause us to visualize things beyond our present circumstances. Some stories merely take us down the street to something that happened at the local convenience story. Other stories take us across the ocean and cause us to try and picture places and cultures we have never encountered. Some stories even open the door to fantasy worlds comprised of the stuff of dreams. That’s probably why stories move us the way they do. Stories take us places. Stories take us into other circumstances and cause us to see things from a different perspective.
The Greatest Story
Out of all the stories than have been told, or will ever be told, God’s story is the greatest story. When you look past all the theology, apologetics, and debates, behind it all the story of God and His people. It is an epic tale the makes Lord of the Rings look rather passè. It has more twists and turns in it than the most exciting thriller, and an ending that pictures what happily ever after is really all about. It’s a story that defines us and challenges us; one that makes us wonder and makes us weep. And no matter how many times we hear it, or how many times we read it, it’s just as thrilling as it was the very first time.
Below I have included a video that was shared on Facebook by Thrive Church-AZ. In this video, Michael Frost share on the importance of knowing and living in our story. Trust me, it will be the best 26 minutes of your day. Grab a cup of coffee and listen with your heart. After all, the story is all about living in the Reign.