“I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord,

the deeds for which he is to be praised,

according to all the Lord has done for us.

Isaiah 63:7 (NIV)

According to statistics, over one billion children’s fiction books were sold in 2020. Other sources may give different numbers, but we can all agree on one thing: That’s a lot of words.

Our children are reading and hearing stories at every turn. Every video game has a story, Every YouTube video, every television commercial, every sports highlight reel, and every word problem in math class tells a story. This is a good thing. We are created for story. The Greatest Story Ever Told is real and alive, and we are in it.

So, in the middle of all this story-telling, let’s make sure we are each telling ours. We mature folks become something of a joke because we always have another story to tell.

That’s because we always have another story to tell!

The stories of hardship and trouble, the stories of victory and faith. They are all important, and our children learn from them. Ignore the smirks and rolled eyes. Tell your stories. Drop pieces of your story into conversations with your children, your grandchildren, your neighbor’s kids, the team you coach, or the boy who bags your groceries.

Story-telling doesn’t have to be long and boring. You can sum things up in a sentence or two. For instance, right now, some of us might want to be telling a story like this:

“Asbury revival? Yeah, I read about that. We had a similar experience at my college back in 1970.”

(Be sure to give the post-credit scenes, as well. The one where God is still reviving your soul day by day. If that scene isn’t clear right now, get with The Producer. He will work it out.)