Connect the Dots


If we can't connect the dots for our children, then some other narrative will.

I worked with teenagers for almost nine years. One of my greatest joys as a teacher, communicator, and mentor was experiencing the moments when the proverbial light bulbs would illuminate. The moments of awakening, where all of a sudden, at least for that moment, things made more sense. I believe one of the great tragedies in the church is the inability to connect the dots. The inability to see the central thread that runs throughout all of scripture. We grow up learning what seems like a bunch of isolated maxims or disjointed anecdotes about stories that don't seem to fit any larger narrative. We dissect the scriptures looking for principles to live by, or formulas to fit into. We grow up repeating easy clichés and pat answers without any deeper thought of what they actually mean or where these words fit in the larger picture.

No wonder much of the biblical text looks controversial and contradictory or, at worst, irrelevant and dated. It's no secret that the authority of scripture is widely scrutinized. The western culture questions the role of scripture in our lives and the once-held belief that "it is biblical" doesn't carry much weight anymore.

If we can't connect the dots for our children, then some other narrative will. Some other narrative by some other author will arrest the attention of our family's hearts and insert them as characters in its plot. Its storyline will captivate us and move us. 

We believe the gospel is the only narrative big enough for the human heart to find rest; the only symphony grand enough to woo us; the only storyline lofty enough to move us; the only experience creative enough to leave us in awe and full enough to quench the insatiable thirst we innately know all too well.

This is His story.

This is our story.

May it be told in our homes for generations to come.