Short Stories

Monday, October 17, 2011

Think of your life as a story – one you have been writing since birth. Some of us have filled more pages than others. Some are good – some are not. There may be blank pages – those periods when we just can’t remember our story! Is there space for a new story? Are you tired of the same old story covering all your pages? Do you want to write a new story? Is there a desire to have new adventures?

God is present and involved in every page of our story. He wants us to let him guide the writing of our story.

For many years I taught high school students the elements of short stories. See if you can identify these elements in your own story. Is God leading the story line?
The setting describes the “where” and “when” of the story. How often has your setting changed in your life story?
The characters are the people in the story. Stories are filled with heroes and villains. Looking back over your story, what roles have heroes and villains played in your life?
Every story is made up of a sequence of events. The way these events appear in a story is called the plot. The plot lines for most of us are filled with highs and lows. Our back stories are the circumstances of your life up to this day. Has your back-story affected your thinking about today? Have you asked God to move within the plot of our story?
Each interesting story has the element of conflict, or problem faced by a character. The conflict is the most important part of a story. Sometimes characters face internal conflict and sometimes they face external conflict caused by other people or events. Can you identify the conflicts in your story? Have you allowed God to be in the middles of these messes?
Another part of the plot is climax. This is the part of the story when the conflict of the plot is resolved. It’s often the most exciting part of the story. The hero saves the princess; someone finds a buried treasure, or the dragon is slayed. The climax is the mountain peak. It’s sometimes called the turning point of the story when the plot changes for better or worse for the hero. Have the conflicts in your story reached a climax? Have you reached a turning point? Have the turning points drawn you closer to Christ or moved you further away?
The resolution is the end of the story. It occurs at the end of the story when you find out what happens to the characters after the conflict is resolved. What is the resolution to your story? Where are you in your story? Is the resolution going to be the one God would desire?

Today you are writing a page in your story. We want to learn ways to deal with our plot lines, the sequence of events, the characters, the back stories, and the conflicts. We’re learning to deal with the turning points and looking to find God’s resolution in all of our story lines.

Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth. Psalm 86:11


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