Jesus’ 10 New Testament Principles for Parenting: Principle No. 8 – Stories Tell It Best (Part 1)

Everyone’s life is like a storybook.  Psalm 139:16 tells us that God “saw me before I was born.  Every day in my life was recorded in Your book.  Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed”.

From our perspective our story is unfolding each day, but from God’s perspective He has read the whole story beginning to end, front to back.  God has put the yearning for our story and for stories in general in our hearts.

Who can resist a good, “Once upon a time…”, or a riveting novel or movie?

Jesus used the power of stories over and over to teach His children. For a primarily illiterate society, He used stories to capture their imagination and to pass along timeless truths.

Here is one of Jesus shortest parables (stories).  “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a pearl merchant on the lookout for choice pearls.  When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!”  (Matthew 13:45, 46)

Jesus used everyday language and images to convey the deepest truths.  He illustrated 4 truths about the Kingdom of Heaven in 2 sentences:  (1)  the incredible value of being a part of the Kingdom of Heaven; (2) some people are desperately in search of it; (3) being part of the Kingdom costs everything; (4) those desperate people are willing to give everything they have for it.

Stories are just as powerful in our parenting today with our children.  Whether they are read from a newspaper, book or drawn from our own lives or their lives, our children will remember them far longer than any lecture we give them.

If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website.  It is great for parents because it provides the Big Story of God’s wonderful plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.  

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About Liz Hagler

Liz Hagler is the illustrator and co-author of Hooked On The Book. Liz loves to draw silly drawings, write crazy poems, walk her dog down the block, talk to her kids on Skype, and eat taco salad.
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