Favorite Stories for October

People love stories.  As a preacher, I love to hear stories, and I love to tell stories. It’s delightful to watch people light up when they connect with a story.

“Stories Worth Telling” remains the most popular category on my blog. I don’t expect it to change anytime soon. One of the reasons that I write the blog is to share my stories with others (preachers and teachers in particular) who can use them to help light up someone else’s life. If you connect with a story, please share it with someone else, especially with a preacher. I hope to help as many people as possible with preaching the Gospel.

In October, two stories grabbed the spotlight. They are very different, but the popularity of each one is not surprising. People continue to be fascinated with the life and genius of Steve Jobs. Just today, I visited with a young couple. Somewhere in the conversation she brought up the subject of her iPhone and how much she enjoyed it. Steve Jobs made a tremendous impact. You can read my take on “What Steve Jobs Brought To The Table” here. http://waylonbailey.com/2011/10/what-steve-jobs-brought-to-the-table/.

The next most read story has to do with how difficult life can become. When our children were in grade school, one of them came home from a book fair with “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” a book with which all children seem to identify (adults too). Everyone has a bad day. I’m sure that the story was popular because it’s a cute title and because everyone has a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day from time to time. The post uses the story to grab your attention. That’s the value of stories. They disarm people and make them open to listening. Once your attention is grabbed, we ask what you do when you have a really rotten day. You can read about bad days here. http://waylonbailey.com/2011/10/it-was-a-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-day/.

Thanks for reading. I hope that my stories help with your life.

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