001 The Greatest Story Ever Told

July 1, 2012 — 3 Comments

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

In this episode, I talk about the power of story. We all recognize a good story when we experience one. Each of us has our favorite movies, books, or TV shows. We are passionate about our affection for them because of the powerful emotions these stories conjure within us.

But not all stories move us. So what makes a story great?

1. A moving story involves conflict. Without a challenge, the story doesn’t captivate us.

2. A powerful story involves change within the characters. People grow in order to rise up to the challenges they encounter. When the main characters aren’t transformed, we aren’t engaged as a reader/viewer, and the story doesn’t transform us. Who wants to spend their time with something like that?

What if our lives told a story? What if the same elements that make a story great are necessary to give our lives meaning?

God’s word is where we discover the role we are to play in this grand story. It’s only through Scripture that we see a full picture of what God has planned for us in the greatest story ever told, the story of our lives.

When we grasp this, three points of application arise.

1. Everything matters. Every part of life moves our story along. It all has significance. No matter how big or small, each decision is one that shapes us in our story.

2. There’s no better time than now. Every day is part of our story. When we wait until tomorrow to step out in faith, we miss out on the amazing opportunities God has set before us today.

3. Surrender your life to God. God is the author and finisher of our faith. He knows every day of our lives before they come to pass. The best way to live a life of meaning and significance, to tell a great story with your life, is to surrender it to God.

Show Notes

Scripture references (all references are NIV)

  1. Psalm 139:13-16
  2. Hebrews 4:12
  3. 2 Timothy 3:16
  4. Ephesians 2:10

 

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I’d love to hear your feedback about the show and how God is encouraging you to live a better story. What makes it hard to live a good story? What encourages you?

 

Austin

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  • scrhill

    I really enjoyed your first podcast. Congratulations!

  • For learning to write I have two books I’ll recommend to you which were recommended to my by Tim Ferris (via articles/interviews) and other leaders in the industry (Michael Hyatt).

    On Writing Well – William Zinsser
    **Quick read on writing to your inner self. Teaches you how to write a memoir. Available in audio and thats only like 4hours. Highly suggest you read this first.

    Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
    **I’m in the middle of this right now. Its big on creating fictional stories thus far.

    Find links to both of them here: http://www.heathrost.com/reading/

    Thanks for your words Austin. Heath