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Dennis spoke of the power of story. He likened stories to swallows. Stories go over and under defenses, like a swallow flies over the highest gates of a fortified city. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis was one wonderful example he gave.
We bring people to "life," not through polemics but through parables. "Parables," said Dennis, "are not explicit, they are implicit. You have to puzzle it out."
About our excuses not to write, Dennis quoted Gandalf, the wizard of The Lord of the Rings, who said, "All you have to do is to decide what to do with the time given to you."
There is never enough time to write; but Dennis reminded us that we are not called to "successfulness" but faithfulness. He challenged us to, "Write faithfully and gave us 5 Commandments:
- Thou shalt "Get over it." Get over your hurts and disappointments. "Suck it up, soldier."
- You are interesting and what interests you, interests others.
- Thou shalt commit.
- You shall remember your purpose and keep it holy.
- Your first purpose is to grow up and be complete in Christ.
"A thousand years from now our earthly success will mean nothing, but our faithfulness will continue to pay royalties."
“I will take the Ring", he said, "though I do not know the way.” Frodo― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
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