Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Every life is a story. Every story deserves to be told. Every told story conveys a message. Every message offers answers to life's conundrums, be they superficial, trivial and erroneous, or deep, profound and truthful. The story-teller's job is to distill a life's grist, or just a handful of that substance, into a powerful, flavorful, satisfying brew. Since not everyone can tell a story, those few who possess that gift hold a mandate to share their insights with a world thirsty for meaning. Jesus' Great Commission of Mark 16:15-18 imposed on his followers the obligation to proclaim His good news to all creation. Then He revealed the signs that would establish their authority. While Luke's gospel doesn't relate the same sermon, he gave a more general, implied commission: "And ye are the witnesses of these things." Each little Christ must therefore, as a sworn witness, spend his or her gifts toward testifying of God's good news. If those gifts happen to include sensitivity to the messages in peoples' lives, and translating those messages into compelling stories, then that little Christ is a "baker," chosen by God to supply His Bread of Life, in styles and flavors to meet each need, to a starving world.