No cookie cutter stories

Oh the incredible, amazing power of stories. And how their retelling through the weaving of words can produce tapestries of wonder, each unique and interesting enough to display to more than a pair of eyes.

After spending several days with people of different persuasions and interests, different backgrounds and roots, I cannot help but be struck by this: There are no cookie cutter stories. God deals with us, woos us, works in our lives differently. We each have our own stories to tell. No templates in heaven. No identical copies of a manuscript with a blank page in front, ready to be filled with a dozen names randomly picked from the world’s records of births.

Yet all our stories echo the same theme of redemption. Just as most successful love stories follow the formula of “boy meets girl, they fall in love, they drift apart, find each other again, they live happily ever after,” our stories are woven using the same thread of God’s grace. The story goes like this: Man (or woman) grows independent of God, lives life under his own terms, eventually faces a dead-end and then realizes that he cannot make it alone. Yet while the previously stated is the ideal, it is also true that not all stories have the same ending. Man’s free will determines the ending. And so for many, the loose ends tie neatly; for others, the ends remain untied until their last breath.

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I love stories. The twists and turns in the plot. The complexity of the characters. The resolutions at the end. But the stories I’m talking about are not the ones packaged in hardbound covers peddled in bookstores. The stories that capture me—grip my mind, arrest my heart, are those about characters not imprisoned in the pages. The best stories for me are about those with flesh and blood, heart and soul, body and spirit.

Oh the incredible, amazing power of stories. The best of them all are written by the strokes of the hand of our most powerful and creative God.

3 Responses to “No cookie cutter stories”
  1. bernadette says:

    and usually the best storytellers are those who experienced them first-hand!—nakakatuwa nga because in my personal life, I come from a family who relish telling stories to each other. My husband naman has a quite dominant father who also relishes telling stories but then he is sooo different from his father. I guess they were trained to listen to their father…so my hubby would say his stories mala-synopsis at the start of our marriage. Nagyon lang siya into embellishments eka nga 🙂

    Yes, I agree. The best point of view to use when telling stories is the first person point of view. 🙂 About your family, oo nga, I remember Ate Joy being an animated storyteller herself. But I am never bored with all her kwentos. As for your hubby, good thing he’s here in the Philippines and can develop his skill in storytelling! It’s never too late.
    PS: I think we women have an advantage over men. We are naturally gifted storytellers!

  2. ru says:


    Thanks for visiting and making a “kewl” comment. 🙂

  3. Gypsy says:

    Same sentiment here! I was just audience to some awesome stories last week and I thought the same thing! It reflects God’s person-that He is into variety, creativity, uniqueness and that He is truly an out-of-the-box supreme author! I felt privileged to have a ringside seat and hear it straight from the horses’s mouth, so to speak. Cheers from Chiangmai! 🙂

    Hi Jojie, ikain mo na lang ako ng Tom Yum dyan, OK?
    On my entry, yes, we can never put God in a box and expect Him to “act” in the way we expect. He always blows us out of our minds with His incredible, incredible ways. 🙂
    See you when you return.

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