“I know I told you before, but I’m telling you again!”
Do you have stories you enjoy telling over and over? Are there certain people who you tend to repeat these stories to? Or are there certain people always involved in these stories? Families and friends tend to gather these stories that become the legends passed around. These stories define who we are and what we value.
Think for a minute: are there happy stories from your childhood you remember vividly? Why? And why do you retell them? Aren’t some things worth repeating?
As followers of Jesus, we have stories worth repeating. And like a big family, we pass these stories down from one generation to the next. These “legends” shape our identity and values; it expresses who we are and why we do what we do.
The author of Psalm 78:5-7 writes:
He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
If we don’t tell the stories that matter in our Christian walk, how will our children—biological or spiritual—know what’s important to our identity? Yes, we have the Bible and we are thankful for it. But the parts of the Bible we tell others—those passages we use over and over—these are the stories worth repeating because they have ministered to us at some point in our lives.
So…tell it again! Keep telling the stories of how God has moved in your life. Tell the great ones. Tell the bad ones, too. Life is not a two dimensional drawing; it’s complex, deep, rich, nuanced and needs our stories spoken to tell the next generation of the Lord’s faithfulness to all generations.
Those are stories worth repeating.