I pondered this week on the power of stories… I think they can be very encouraging, but on the other hand, they can be discouraging. In particular, when the focal point of the story is on the outcome. For example:
- “…and then he got baptized!”
- “…and finally we got engaged, and married!”
- “…and they lived happily ever after!”
In reality, these endings are very brief, and validating a story by it’s ending discounts what happens before and after. In missionary work, it can make all our efforts seem vain if the person never gets baptized. Or (more close to home for me) in dating, it can make my 10 years as a single adult seem wasted — if I don’t consider any of it valid until I reach my “happy ending.”
In reality, we usually find ourselves in the middle of a story, and we can miss so much of the present, and lose so much time in yearning, if we’re constantly waiting for the fairy-tale ending. And when the fairy-tale ending does come, it goes just as quickly, and life goes on!
p.s. Speaking of Fairy Tales, Paul and I published this music video called “Fairy Tale” about a week and a half ago. We put 250+ hours into it. It’s in Tagalog, so you may not understand it, but let me know what you think!
p.p.s. I hiked Mount Timp (just up to the first two waterfalls) with my friend McKay on the 4th :)