Writing is easy. You just sit down, open your veins, and bleed. A 1940s newspaper columnist, "Red" Smith, said this years ago. It is still true. I want to invite you with me on a journey. You can bring your computer or a tablet or your phone or even a pen and a notebook. You will find that sometimes putting pen to paper is the most effective and lasting way to bring forth a thought. More on that later. Do you want to tell your story? Do you want to tell someone else's story? Do you want to make up your own story? This is the place where we will think more deeply about how to do that.
Story is, in fact, the oldest way of influencing people. The archaeologists see stories drawn in pictures on caves. A little later, a God-man named Jesus Christ would tell something our Scriptures called "parables." Those parables compelled some people to follow Him. They compelled some other people to kill Him. Those parables were transformational and most of all, they made people think more deeply about their lives. And what is a parable? Just a story! I am going to share some of my stories with you. I am going to share other people's stories with you as well. Sometimes they will take the shape of an essay. Other times, it may be a poem. But every time, it will be focused on one goal: "Then the LORD answered me and said, "Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run." Are you ready to run with me?