I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings as nothing else can do. – Katherine Hankey
“I love to tell the story.” That’s the title of one of my favorite old hymns, and it’s also a great way to sum up what I enjoy so much about my life as a writer/speaker/teacher/consultant.
So I was excited, yesterday, to engage two new storytelling opportunities, one out in the community, and one at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church.
COMMUNITY: The town of Wake Forest enjoys one of those compact, active, walkable, fun, well-maintained downtowns where you can visit a traditional homegrown hardware store, drink local coffee, shop in a variety of one-of-a-kind businesses, and even peruse a locally owned “indie” bookstore.
Page 158 Books – at the former home of “Storytellers” – contacted me this week and asked if they could stock my Advent book, In My Heart I Carry A Star. So we worked things out yesterday, and my work is being featured in a nice display.
Now all we have to do is have a few people go to the store and actually mention my name! If things go well then they plan to carry my new book (details before long) when it comes out just before Christmas.
The owners have also asked me to do a book-signing event, and that’s scheduled for Saturday afternoon, December 19. It’s one more way to contribute my voice, and my story, to this wonderful community.
STEPHEN MINISTRY: Then, in the evening, I was invited to teach a continuing education unit for the Stephen Ministry folk at WFPC. My topic was “The Spiritual Life of Men.” In my introduction I told them the subtitle should be, “Going a little deeper than the one more cheesy sports illustration!”
So I had the opportunity to tell the story again, this time on a more intimate level, with a group of people committed to providing care to those who are struggling, in need of an arm to lean on, an ear for listening, or simply a companion as they take the next step.
I used 10 Life-charged Words as my outline, and we talked about how radically life-changing a deeper walk with Jesus can be. Faith not as something optional, like some take-it-or-leave-it accessory, but a life of committed discipleship that is guaranteed to make a profound difference across the board.
The bottom line here – and this is why I love to tell the story – is that if we want to engage excellence, live with real passion, perform at (and beyond) capacity, see things with more clarity, and live authentically – then we’re going to need to know Jesus, become immersed in scripture, learn how to pray, pursue holiness, and find a nurturing, encouraging community of faith.
Those – in italics – are the 10 words. If you want to read more, click on this link: Derek Maul at Amazon…
Peace and blessings – DEREK