I recently read a post that discussed the power of showing versus telling.
“Telling gives us the pride of being logical, even algebraic, and that certainly has its place in business. At the same time, more often than not, it renders one’s message utterly boring and unmemorable. Worse, the receiver of one’s message is being talked at, rather than brought in to become part of the discussion, make their own connections, share the experience with you – and thus make your story also their own…Obviously a good combination of showing and telling is needed in any thoughtful exchange. And as we are a narrative animal, we too often substitute a story for hard facts — especially the ones we don’t want to see. A caution to us all: lousy and lazy communication is lousy and lazy communication. One cannot ‘show’ their way out of that.”
Best Advice: It is All About Showing, Not Telling - Christopher M. Schoroeder
It made me think about the ways we often try to simply tell about the Good News we believe in and forget to show it as well. Do we bring others into the discussion of the most precious thing we’ve discovered or are we simply portraying a boring message.
An equal portion of sharing verbally and demonstrating in action must be the proper prescription for us, but don’t forget that there is definitely power in showing [John 13:35].
Perhaps it’s time for us to learn to help others make The Story their own personal stories - ones of transformation. Here’s to an invitation to a life that is far from boring.