I am convinced that my job is to be a storyteller. The medium changes. The audience changes. But what we do is tell stories.
We tell high school kids about what they were created for.
We tell Young Life leaders that there is a grand story that they can be a part of.
We tell adults stories of the impact that their support is making.
We do it in words in front of a group.
We do it in emails, tweets, Facebook posts, and blogs.
We use pictures drawn on napkins at Starbucks, and movies played at Campaigners.
I want to be a storyteller. I want what is in my heart to come out in authentic, compelling ways.
I want to be powerfully brief.
As a 7th grader I once shot free throws under the stars, with pillows deadening the sound of the bouncing ball so as to not wake the neighbors. Earlier that night I had missed a free throw that would have sent the game in to overtime and committed to myself that I would shoot 1000 free throws that night.
There was no audience that night. Which makes it easier to tell you that I made over 900 of those free throws.
I am making a commitment to be a better communicator and I am going to do it in front of whatever audience joins me. This scares me a little but I will lean into my fear.