I just wrote out this post about my plan for producing content this year on my “personessional” site and blog at RileyAdamVoth.com. It very much affects and relates to this blog and my personal development, so it just seemed fitting to also share it here. It’s a long one, and written mainly just for myself as a reference for the year. This year is going to have a big focus on content production, I believe, and I’m really looking forward to it! Here we go!
A week ago I attended a conference for ministry-minded folks with a desire for reaching college students. At one point I found myself sitting next to a young man of African American ancestry, who was obviously very intelligent, in his last year of school, and was considering joining staff with the collegiate ministry he was a part of. Because of this possibility, he had been allowed to tag along — getting a glimpse of what he might sign up for, I guess.
We are part of the best story there is. So how do we cast a compelling vision for our community and connect with the people – even those who don’t believe as we do – in a way that excites them, assures them we care, and connects our story to theirs in a way that shows them the depth of meaning THE story can bring to their lives!?
We are all storytellers, and we are all part of one grand story.
Within this grand story are nearly infinite other stories we could tell at any time.
Jesus was a master storyteller.
My father is an expert storyteller.
I tend to be a bit of a storyteller, myself, but I wouldn’t say I’m “expert” material yet. However, that’s pretty much what the existence of this blog is about. One long and wandering story. One I’m writing down as I go. One I’m hoping to gain clarity on as I write.
Our communities we are a part of are a story. Hundreds of thousands of stories, making up one collective story – much like the gospel and the church.
However, our communities depend on us. You and me.
We have to help shape the story and make it meaningful.
If your ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step you take gets you to the wrong place faster.
― Stephen Covey