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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Write with Impact Definition: Inspiration

Mythic Impact

Over the past few weeks we’ve been looking at a mythic definition as it applies to storytelling. Over the next few weeks we’ll examine the possibilities surrounding Impact as a definition and how it combines with mythic to deepen its effect.

Inspiration, Memory, Potential, Action, Courage, and Timeless bring mythic elements to life.

Fiction and non-fiction stories need inspiration that is timeless to take root in memories to bring about life-changing possibilities. Why do we read the same book over and over? Or watch a movie countless times? Because something in that particular story at that particular season of our life spoke directly into our hearts.

It may have been a moment of laughter, or an insight into new choices, or a hope that our decisions could bring about a new beginning. Or simply a recognition that it’s okay to cry and fail and be forgiven and loved. That good will overcome evil. And that some things in our lives are not under our control.  We see relationships build bridges. And that courage can cost everything. In any genre.

Christians around the world are celebrating the Easter stories this weekend. And the manner in which Easter is experienced varies widely throughout denominations and languages and personal family traditions.  Yet all are rooted in the same Biblical telling. I deliberately used the word stories because although we often refer to the Easter story it is made up of many parts ending with the Jesus’ unimaginable gift of grace.

We begin with Maundy Thursday which includes The Lord’s Supper, a footwashing, betrayal, Jesus’ comfort and teaching, including warnings, and words about the Holy Spirit, and branches, and relationships, and prayer. There is a tension-building novel in this one night that continues to ripple its applications for every disciple throughout time. Then the wrenching Good Friday, followed by a silent grief stricken Saturday with Resurrection Sunday followed by a meal many days later with the same disciples of the Maundy Thursday supper minus one.

We knew about this story long before we came to a relationship that enabled us to know this story personally. And we cherish this story no matter how many times it is told. Because despite all the tears in the telling we experience inspiration to pick up our lives with a fresh viewpoint.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2Timothy 3:16-17 NAS

When our stories are spun or sprinkled or saturated with mythic characteristics they have the capacity to impact ourselves and our readers with inspirational promise that takes hold in our hearts. We can see life with a fresh perspective. Our steps are a little lighter when our words are grounded in truth—even the truth we can’t yet see.

Share: What part of the Easter story gives you inspiration for your life?

Read deep, marcy

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