Change Can Happen

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016

Living in God's Incredible Story

Key Bible Verse: These are all warning markers – danger! – in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. (1 Corinthians 10:11, The Message)

Dig Deeper: 1 Corinthians 10:1-11

There is a moral power to stories.  That is why Robert Coles, a professor who taught medical and legal ethics at Harvard, found that his most effective teaching tool was introducing his students to the moral dilemmas faced by the characters in great literature.  Through stories by Dickens and George Eliot and Dostoyevsky, they felt the immensity of moral decisions and what was at stake.  And they were challenged to become better people.

Through stories we discover how different we are from others, especially those who have grown up in a different place or culture.  We also discover how similar we are deep down inside, sharing hopes and fears and struggles.  Through stories we find the courage to do the right thing, even when it may be difficult or inconvenient.  We find the courage to believe, even when our present circumstances may make it hard.

What we love about stories is that they show us the possibility of change.  The timid hobbits can become brave heroes.  The underdog fighter can become a world champion.  Stories of change give us glimmers of hope that maybe we too can eventually become the kinds of people we want to be.  Stories like these have power.

– Matthew West in The Story of Your Life Interactive Journey

My Response: Which character from a story, real or fictional, inspires me most? Why?

My Response: Change is the end result of all true learning. – Leo Buscaglia (writer, lecturer)


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