The art of storytelling

The art of storytelling

Acts 22:12 “A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there.”

Paul doesn’t give the full version, that Ananias was in fact a disciple of Jesus. Stories must be told to illuminate a message and to convince the listener. Stories don’t need the whole story. The aspects of the story most relevant to the listener must be told. The rest can be put to one side. In fact if everything is told then it could prevent the listener hearing because aspects may offend. If Paul had said Ananias was a disciple then the Jewish crowd would not have listened.

The key is to focus primarily on those who are listening and not the story itself. What do you need the people to hear? Tell them that aspect of the story and leave the rest.

We all tell stories in some arena of life. But we all need the wisdom to know what part of the story to tell.

It will seem strange at first, especially if you have to leave out the parts of the story that matter the most to you. However, the listener is always more important than the communicator and the story. You may feel that you haven’t done the story justice enough. You may think that the people have not benefited from everything. Yet have they heard what God wanted them to hear? If so, then the story has worked.

You may be able to take a story and tell it in a different way in a number of settings. May God give you the wisdom to use the experiences He has given you in this life.

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