More Than a Story

Recently, I read A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink. Among other things, the book encourages left brain thinkers to use their right brains more in order to survive in the rapidly changing workplace. Early in the book, the author gives a list of statistics that I’m sure were very interesting, but I can’t recall them. Later, he recounts a story about a chess player who played a computer and lost. After several chapters, Pink gives a pop quiz, first asking the reader to recall the statistics, which I had forgotten completely, and second, asking the name of the chess player who lost to the computer. Garry Kasparov, if you’re interested.

His point was, people are more likely to remember information when it’s wrapped up in a story, as opposed to a list of statistics. But this isn’t some new discovery. Jesus used stories all the time to help people grasp complicated ideas.

This month in 252 Basics, we chose to use five important principles from the book of Proverbs in order to teach kids what God’s word said about self-control. Instead of simply giving them the principle and having them repeat it over and over again, we chose original stories as our hopefully effective delivery method. So, when the kids remember the story they heard in church, they’ll remember Solomon’s words of wisdom about self-control that go with it. At least, that’s the plan.

Let us know, how’s it working?

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