My friend, may I ask you a question? Do you have a story to tell? No? How about the story of the Christ Child? You and I as the story tellers have an obligation to tell it well. When we’re finished are those with whom we share it stirred, captivated and motivated to tell it to others themselves?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
There’s an art to telling a story. It can’t be too short or too long. Each thought that goes into a story has to be linked with the next. Words and ideas need to build, one upon the other. Everything in a story needs to be linked, from start to finish, with the first sentence and the last. When the story is finished, the listener should be left with the satisfying feeling that their time spent listening was worth it. A good story captivates, leads and pulls the listener along. When that last thought, that last bit of information is given, the storyteller, if the story is told well, should be able to conclude with a smile, not a frown. Telling a good story is truly an art form.
What is the greatest story ever told? It is, of course, the story of the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. His birth, his ministry and his suffering and death are the ingredients of the greatest story that could ever be told.
You and I as the storytellers have an obligation to tell it well. When we’re finished, moved by the Holy Spirit, those with whom we share this story should be stirred, captivated and motivated to tell it themselves.
Here’s a story. Fritz Kreisler, the world-famous violinist, earned a fortune with his concerts and compositions, but he generously gave most of it away. So, when he discovered an exquisite violin on one of his trips, he wasn't able to buy it. Later, having raised enough money to meet the asking price, he returned to the seller, hoping to purchase the beautiful instrument. But to his great dismay it had been sold to a collector. Kreisler made his way to the new owner's home and offered to buy the violin. The collector said it had become his prized possession and he would not sell it. Keenly disappointed, Kreisler was about to leave when he had an idea. “Could I play the instrument once more before it is consigned to silence?” he asked. Permission was granted, and the great virtuoso filled the room with such heart-moving music that the collector's emotions were deeply stirred. “I have no right to keep that to myself,” he exclaimed. “It’s yours, Mr. Kreisler. Take it into the world, and let people hear it.” (Our Daily BreadFebruary 4, 1994)
Jesus knew how to tell a story. His message was sin and forgiveness, but it always came sandwiched in between love and grace. His story was an exquisite instrument of sin and grace. Jesus told that story as Kreisler played that violin. When he was finished, it spoke for itself, the love and grace so moving that the listener was compelled to know more, want more. This Christmas season is a wonderful time for you and I to tell that story as well. To tell it well we need to play it like Kreisler. The Christmas story is all about love, grace and forgiveness. Share that and let the story speak for itself.
We pray. “Lord, you are God Almighty! At this time of Christmas celebration, we thank you for your many blessings. We thank you most for your love and salvation through our dear Savior, Jesus Christ. May our thankfulness overflow from our hearts with songs of praise. May we tell the story of us birth with joy and devotion. Remove any obstacles that might hinder this flow, and may we share our songs of praising our Savior with others through our lives and through our words. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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