Often the things that teach us and grow us are best told in stories.  One of the most famous men in history used them quite often and quite effectively.  In Mark 4:1-2 the Message reads, “Jesus was teaching by the sea.  A crowd built up to such a great size that he had to get into an offshore boat, using the boat as a pulpit as the people pushed to the water’s edge.  He taught by using stories, many stories.”  Not only did he use stories to teach but he also used them to help us remember people and the important things they did.  Later in the same book of Mark, we are given the story of a woman who uses her very costly perfume to anoint Jesus.  Jesus says to those who ridiculed her, “She has done a beautiful thing.  You can be sure that wherever the good news is told all over the world, people will remember what she has done.  And they will tell others.”  Mark 14:6,9 CEV   Uncommon Stories is my attempt to write down a few of the beautiful things that people I know have done.  It’s my way of honoring them and I hope a way of recording things they did that should be remembered.   These uncommon stories have shaped, colored and transformed my life.  I am and will always be grateful.  As an outpouring of that, I share them with you.  May they color, transform and change your life as well.



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