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Pen to Paper: Story Creatures (P29)

Presented below is a thought from me on writing, a quote from someone else on writing, an excerpt from that writer, and a discipline/habit to implement…

We will be focusing on the being story creatures today.

A Thought

“Without story there would not be life.” 

– Austin Alford

A Quote

“We are story creatures.”

– John Mark Comer (Author and Pastor)

An Excerpt 

From Practicing the Way by John Mark Comer…

“The screenwriter Bobette Buster argues that human beings are narrative animals. Our central nervous system is wired by God to search for meaning, to make what neurologists call ‘mental maps’ of reality.

In the same way that we have mental maps for how to get from our homes to work or the grocery store or our favorite coffee spot, we have mental maps for all of life—sex, relationships, money, work, God, etc. Stories about what the good life is and how to find it.

The stories we come to believe give shape to a thousand daily decisions, they give shape to what we do (or don’t do) and who we become. As my friend Pete Hughes of King’s Cross Church in London likes to say, ‘the story you live in is the story you live out.'”

A Discipline/Habit to Implement

Let’s take a moment today to reflect on the narratives that shape our lives and consider the stories we choose to share. This introspection could spark a brilliant new concept whether song, story or beyond. 

Put Pen to Paper this week and have fun!

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