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In the Desiring God video below, Sally Lloyd-Jones talks about the power that storytelling has on the minds and hearts of children. It’s very insightful and helpful. Here are a few choice nuggets:

“If a child is engaged by a story, then nothing else competes.”
“Escaping isn’t a bad thing if you’re escaping into truth, to bring you back to live fully in your life.”
“. . . give [children] a sense of the heroic, that they’re part of this heroic story . . .”

I have long believed that the Bible’s story of adoption has the power to renew the Christian imagination and transform the way we live today, tomorrow, and the next day.

Sally Lloyd-Jones on Parenting Children Into the Christian Worldlview Story from Desiring God on Vimeo.

The daily battles we fight as Christians are the result of temptations to live within the smaller stories we are so prone to tell ourselves. These smaller stories are tales that are driven along by gospel-less plots.

“God really isn’t pleased with me.”

“God really doesn’t delight in me.”

“God is most often waiting for me to mess up so that He can ‘let me have it.’”

“God merely tolerates me.”

If you are like me, these are plot driven stories that you are tempted to rehearse often, if not every day.

But the story of Adoption is the true story that God Himself tells. The plot of God’s story drives the entire story of human history. God’s story of Adoption tells us that Jesus stepped into our messed up stories of estrangement and waywardness and has graciously rewritten them. The story of Adoption is that Jesus has lived for us and in our place as the True Son in human flesh to recreate our stories and transform them into his Story. This is the Story that the Gospel tells us each day and the Story that we, in turn, are to tell ourselves, our children, and each other every day.


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