Chapter 2: The Story of the World
     I live according to the picture I paint. I want my little part of the world to look more like my painting.
     The picture I paint looks better than the world I depict. I emphasize the sunshine and ignore the rain. Something is wrong with the real picture, and I want to make it better.
     Things become clearer when I take a step back and look at the whole picture. If a painter has his face three inches from the canvas, he becomes lost in the details, the tiny brushstrokes. He might not even recognize the objects. He needs to step back to check the proportions, to recognize the boundaries, and to see the picture as a whole.
     We think in images, and the best way to paint an image with words is to tell a story. Stories tell us about relationships: how we relate to each other, to nature, and to God.
     We call them illustrations. Stories illustrate the truths we hold deep in our hearts. They teach us things in a way that relaxes, in a way we were made to hear them.
     Your life is a true story. Your story fits into the big story, the history of the world. The big story influences you, and your story influences it.
     When we were young, we liked to hear fairy-tales. Once upon a time a man loved a lady. A dragon came and stole her away, but the man rescued her and killed the dragon, and the couple lived happily ever after. The story of the world is like that, depending on how you look at it.
     Two stories influence the world more than any others. I know youíve heard these two before, but Iím confident I can point out some things you didnít notice the first time.
     Letís start with the most powerful one, the most influential story in the world. It tells us how we relate to each other, to nature, and to God.