All through the ages and all over the world people have shared stories in their families and communities. True stories; embellished stories; fictional stories – all these can instruct, inspire and encourage us, as well as entertain (sometimes long after the author is no longer with us!).
Let’s face it, we all love stories, whether they are told in person, in a book, on the radio/audio, or in visual form on a screen.
Stories are powerful – Jesus told stories! Stories can do more than entertain – they can make us think. In fact, everything we take in affects the person we become.
That’s why Christian stories for children are so important.
Stories containing spiritual truths are like seeds, with potential to bear fruit for eternity. Not all seeds bear fruit, of course. Some will end up on the path, on rocks and among weeds. But some will grow into sturdy plants.
Passing on the good news through story is a vital task. So make sure you finish the novel you are working on right now, and make it the very best you can… perhaps your story will be a part of your legacy. Perhaps future generations of your family will enjoy it and benefit from the truth you include! Maybe even a wider audience? Who knows?
It’s up to you to put in the work. Will you do it?
P.S. If you missed last week’s writing tip on stakes, you can read it here. It’s one of the foundational essentials for a good story, so make sure you don’t miss out. 🙂