Jill Silverthorne

Did you know that in some parts of the world, lying and story- telling are seen as pretty much the same thing?

I was a bit shocked when I found that out. But then I remembered saying, ‘You’re telling tales’ or ‘That’s a tall story!’

Perhaps there are some similarities after all?

If there are, then that’s a problem for me. I know lying’s wrong, but I love telling stories and listening to them too. That’s one reason why I’m an English teacher! There’s nothing like curling up with a fantastic book and getting lost in it, is there?

For me, reading or writing is a bit like being an explorer, making new discoveries. Even ordinary things take on a new meaning when they’re put into stories: ‘What if this sort of person met that one?’ or ‘What if I set a day in my life one hundred years in the past?’ I’ve loved putting together just a few of the endless possibilities. And each time I set out on a ‘writing expedition’, I discover something new about myself too.

Jesus was a great ‘quick-story teller’. He told stories to help people to understand who God was, and live to please Him. Remember the wise man and the foolish man? Or the Good Samaritan? And then there’s the one about the ten bridesmaids. His stories made people sit up and take notice, because he seemed to talk about them in His tales.

So I’ve thought about it, and I’m convinced that great stories aren’t lies. You see, Jesus didn’t deceive anyone: he just asked people to use their imaginations. And God created imaginations as much as he did arms and legs.

So I’m going to carry on enjoying reading and writing stories. And why don’t you too?