Humans learn by way of narrative. Stories teach us how to live. We need to pay attention to our story and the stories around us, let them sink in, and allow them to direct us down the right path.
Stories are an important aspect of culture. Many works of art and most works of literature tell stories. Most of the humanities involve stories. Stories are of ancient origin, existing in ancient Egypt, ancient Greek, Chinese, and Indian culture. Stories are also a ubiquitous component of human communication. We are on a journey and the writing of our individual narratives is a process.
I believe that those who do believe in God try to turn Him into a list of “doʼs” and “donʼts”, a four point outline, or a formula to be memorized. I like what I read by one author recently: “Don’t you just love when people try to simplify God?” They take something that could potentially be precious, personal, passionate, and maybe a little perplexing and make it seem about as deep as Sesame Street. The truth is, the answers to the grandiose questions that we have about life aren’t easy to find, and I think this is okay. We shouldn’t want the answers to be easy. Easy means we’re not willing to get dirty. Easy means we’re not embracing life’s mysteries. And often, easy means we’re living somebody else’s story rather than seeking what God would have for us as individuals.”
A few months ago, I asked some of my friends and acquaintances to share their “down-to-earth” authentic responses and reactions to several questions about their individual spiritual journeys. I want their narratives to be heard and explored. I made sur that they knew I wasn’t looking for “churchy” answers or language; but risky, honest, and straight-forward answers.
Over the next several days, I want to share my questions and their stories! ENJOY.