Tell Me a Story
Oct 18, 2015 - Rev Matt Tuggle
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Recap- Relationshifts: Tell Me a Story
The way we tell stories has changed drastically over the last few decades. Our communication, along with our attention span, is getting shorter and shorter. Our hyper connectivity makes us believe we know each others' stories without asking to hear them. We can read about each others' lives in 140 characters or less, and that can sometimes keep us from actually listening to one another.
It’s easy, in this particular cultural shift, for us to lost the art of storytelling. Not only has our own storytelling gotten shorter and shorter over the years, but the time we give to each others' stories is waning as well.
Though we are more hyper connected than ever, we tend to have a difficult time really being with people and truly listening to their stories. One of the most important things we can do as a friend, date, partner, or spouse is to make the people in our relationships feel like we are truly with them.
We see this idea reflected in the incarnation of Jesus. Jesus actually comes to earth to live among us, to be with us. Until Jesus’ incarnation, God had a throne called the Ark of the Covenant (in which The Ten Commandments were kept), and inside that throne was a room called the Holy of Holies. All of this was inside a tabernacle, which is basically a big tent that moved around, and eventually that tabernacle was inside the Temple. All of this to say- God wasn’t extremely accessible to most people.
When Jesus came to live among us, the word “lived” is actually the word for tabernacle. The tabernacle was where the full presence of God resided, and when Jesus came to live among us, he brought with him the full presence of God.
Jesus made a sacrifice and left where he was to be with us. This is what we are called to do in our relationships. We are called to truly be with the people in our lives, to be fully present.
One of the greatest ways we can do this is by listening to their stories. Make eye contact, give affirmation that you are listening, and ask for more information. We all have the tendency to hear someone’s story and immediately want to share a related story in our own life. One of the most important things we can do to really be with the people in our lives is to enter into their stories with them and keep the story going.
Who are the people in your life that you need to truly be with? Your challenge this week is to get coffee with someone and let your intention be to focus on the story unfolding in their life rather than making it about your own.
In a world of character limits and skimming headlines, we need to be the kind of people who truly listen to each other's stories and surround ourselves with people who will listen in return.
Tuesday: Galatians 1:1-10
Wednesday: Galatians 1:11-24
Thursday: Galatians 2:1-10
Friday: Galatians 2:11-21