At the bottom of my emails I include a quote from Malala Yousafzai: “It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are.” I love that quote because it reminds us to both know who we are, and to have the courage to be, and show, who we are in the world. That is not always easy. In fact, it is rarely easy – but I don’t think we can be fully alive without it.
One of the great trends I have seen growing lately is the importance of storytelling. I don’t know if this has made it to t.v. yet, but there is some great storytelling on the radio, with public radio shows like The “The Moth” (hmm…some “mature” content, but lots of good stories!) and “This American Life.” I would love to see us at Union Church cultivate a practice of storytelling – telling our stories as a way to help us discover who we are, and show who we are.
What story do you have to tell? What experience has shaped you? Can you name a time God was at work in your life? Church can be a place where we can discover our true selves, because we can be honest about our own stories – honest, because God already knows our real story, and loves us always.
Here is a short video of Brene Brown about the importance of telling the stories of our lives:
How can we cultivate a practice of storytelling at Union Church?
What is your story?