A Couple of Thoughts and Updates on Stories

I did it.

While it may not seem a big idea to most of you wonderful bloggers out there, it took some time and consideration on the pros and cons for me, but I went and switched over to my own domain. My site is now russelljfellows.com.

I hesitated for awhile, mostly because I’m a pretty cheap guy. I don’t like spending money on anything I think is frivolous. The problem is, I was still thinking of my writing as a hobby and so deemed this blog as frivolous. I am getting past this type of thinking.

Another thought that inspired me today:

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life – the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was in the Father and was made manifest to us – that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” (1 John 1:1-4, ESV)

Do you see what I see? Absolutely there is a lot to see in this, but what really hit me this morning is what John was doing. He was telling a story. He, “just a fisherman”, was doing the eternal adage of “write what you know” and was telling a story. If you think about it, isn’t that why the Bible speaks to so many? It’s not a text book, it’s a book of stories. It’s a book of many genres, but all of them are told by storytellers. Why? Because that is how we relate best to each other. Through stories.

Maybe it’s not such a crazy idea for me to be a storyteller, then. Maybe it’s not a crazy idea for you to be a storyteller, either. The world is full of stories, and without stories it’s hard to know the world or each other. With stories, with proper context shown through our stories, we can know and we can understand each other. Wouldn’t that make for a story we would all like to be part of, a world where we really understand each other? (And maybe understand how our own story fits with all the stories around us a little better?)


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