THURSDAY QUOTE

9780802408563“We’re not called to change the world, nor do we have the ability to change people. We’re just called to be witnesses. If enough people change so that the world changes, it’ll simply be in response to the Story being told millions of times by millions of relatively unknown storytellers.

“The Good Samaritan was not a doctor and wasn’t responsible for healing the man in the ditch, and neither was he responsible for ending the world’s violence or filling the world’s ditches. The Samaritan only had to dignify the man in the ditch as a human being made in the image of God and love him well – to Jesus, this was the story of a man who’d born witness to the eternal life in him by loving his neighbor.

“The lives and stories of others make it clear they’re in a ditch. They’re wounded and isolated and ignored. Our role is to tell them the ever-hopeful Story into which they’re invited.”

-Scott McLellan, Tell Me A Story: Finding God (and Ourselves) Through Narrative, 2013 Moody Publishers.

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