Midday blog: As Paul Harvey Would Say…
I thought I knew the story of The Odyssey. In junior high I had a period where I was obsessed with learning as much as I could about Greek and Roman mythology, the stories and heroics captured my imagination. Of course one of the great stories is that of Odysseus making his way home after the fall of Troy. I read (and listened) to several different retellings of the story. And so, I thought I knew the story of The Odyssey.
My book club decided that we would read The Odyssey for our next selection. As I’ve started to read I’ve realized, I do not know this story at all. As a reader I haven’t even gotten to the title character, all of the narrative so far has been concerned with the son of Odysseus, Telemachus. There’s always more to a story than we realize isn’t there? I remember first coming across this idea when I went to see the musical Wicked.* Maybe The Wizard of Oz didn’t tell us the whole story (then again, maybe it did). I also was reminded of this idea when I read the book The Drama of Scripture. I thought I knew the basic storyline of scripture but it’s actually greater than I had imagined, and I learned more about my own story that way.
Yet I think one of the greatest takeaways for me is that: everyone has a story. I might assume I already know someone’s story, but I don’t really know their story (and them) until I take the time to get to know that person well. I can assume I know someone’s motives, but in reality there is a complex history and scars and life circumstances leading to the decisions that someone else might make.
So before I jump to conclusions, I need to take a lesson from Paul Harvey, and wait to hear “The rest of the story…”
*While I love and heartily recommend the musical Wicked I cannot recommend the book Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I read it found it to quite possibly be the worst book (in terms of story, as well as the amount and explicitness of sexual content) I’ve ever read.
Josh Klos is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Radio Communications, he has served as the engineer for Midday Connection since 2010. He is also a part of the volunteer College & 20’s group staff at his church and enjoys spending time outside, as well as at libraries, bookstores and various coffee shops. He’s busy these days with graduate school, where he studying communication and culture.
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