• Joshua D McVey

Your New Story

I read a story once.

William Nocholson wrote, “We read to know that we are not alone.” Stories communicate emotion and thought processes we’ve worried strange or odd. Reading them in a character reassures us, ‘we’re okay.’ I’m not the only one who feels or thinks these things.

Story draws us all in. Humanity is built for story, we crave it. Historically it has been used to remember history, teach values, and reinforce beliefs. Story is a doorway to empathy, it’s the strongest form of persuasion. Pay attention to a politician when they need to convince us of something, they usually begin with a story to help us empathize with them or an idea. For instance, it may be a single mother working three jobs to make ends meet. Or it may be Joe the Plumber trying to grow his business.

Stories have a way of letting us see the world from a different perspective. They can change us.

Most importantly stories connect us. We are all protagonists and antagonists. We participate in one another’s stories developing the plot, complicating the saga, and celebrating our heroes. Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances; . . .” Shakespeare goes on to categorize a man’s life into seven movements. The scary part about story is how it can simplify a complicated life into movements.

Day of the dead is celebrated in Mexican culture. The movie Coco (Disney, 2017) emphasizes the importance of remembering our loved ones. They continue to live, if they’re remembered. Our stories are about remembering, believing, and honoring those who came before us.

Humanity is unique, we’re able to make the mundane extraordinary. Think of the movie “Castaway” (2000). A movie about a man stranded on an island. The hero becomes a volleyball named Wilson. Or “A Bug’s Life” (1998) the story turns the monotonous life of an ant into an extraordinary adventure.

It’s tragic when our lives lose their “extraordinary” luster. We are living the greatest adventure every day. Each decision leads us deeper into the developing saga around us. The saga has neared its end. The ending depends on us. It depends on us realizing our stories are connected. There are no longer nations, borders, or divisions. We are all part of the same story creeping closer to the ending intended by its author. Eternal life co existing in a world void of suffering.

What will you write for your story?

What have you learned from stories of the past?

May you live a story to be honored

May you overcome your villain

May you rest in the author’s peace

I read a story once.

In His service and yours,


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