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Thursday, November 03, 2005

I just came across these words from a Wheaton English prof: "The stories most greatly treasured, and treasured for the longest periods, are those that trace, in bold lines, the outlines of our deepest experiences." G. K. Chesterton pointed to the three great kinds of stories: The Iliad (battle), The Odyssey (journey), and the book of Job (riddle). Battle, journey, and riddle. Most of the time, I think of my own life through the great themes of journey. But battle and riddle certainly fit as well. How about you? Which is a defining metaphor for your life?

14 Comments:

  • I would say that Riddle is the core, and that the Journey is leading me towards the answer with Battles along the way.

    By Blogger Donald Philip Simpson, at 11/03/2005 04:53:00 AM  

  • The story of my life is pretty much 'shaggy dog.'

    By Blogger Keith Brenton, at 11/03/2005 05:14:00 AM  

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    By Blogger Jon, at 11/03/2005 05:54:00 AM  

  • I have this profile picture for a reason. Because of the odd things in my life that just don't make sense, but sure bring lots of laughs and looking back and seeing how God brought me through yet another ordeal...my life can simply be described as very..."Kramer."

    "Giddeyup."

    By Blogger Jon, at 11/03/2005 05:58:00 AM  

  • I've journeyed through battles and riddles and the joyful journey continues, PTL! And, btw, there is a new destination on the journey's horizon for me this weekend - I'm excitied about going on the Walk to Emmaus!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 11/03/2005 06:04:00 AM  

  • All three everyday thus far in my half-century of living. And I expect the next half-century to be the same until I reach THE destination!! Can't wait for THAT!

    By Blogger annie, at 11/03/2005 06:20:00 AM  

  • I think of my life as a journey, but the riddle is where am I going and the battle is how do I get there....

    By Blogger DJG, at 11/03/2005 06:44:00 AM  

  • Because I am more and more beginning to view the church (or its intended identity) as a "caravan" or "band of gypsies", I would have to agree with the "traveler" metaphor for my life. I never want to get too comfortable in one place or lay down roots that are too deep -- we are called to "go!"

    I also like the metaphor I heard Reg Cox say one time: I am a "seed-chunker."

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 11/03/2005 08:08:00 AM  

  • I'm one big satire.

    By Blogger Travis, at 11/03/2005 08:29:00 AM  

  • The defining metaphor for my life would be one expertly tuned German automobile engine, like from a BMW 740i.

    And then I fall on the floor and laugh...

    By Blogger Greg Kendall-Ball, at 11/03/2005 08:56:00 AM  

  • I would be interested to learn more about Chesterson's characterization of Job as riddle. If it is a riddle, it certainly isn't the type that I'm used to. Riddles, to me, are intriguing intellectual puzzles. But Job...he was "riddled" in a much different, more personal and real way.

    If "riddled" means being confused by one's purpose and role in the universe, about whether God and who God and how God, I can relate to "riddle" as an outline of my own experience, but the strongest metaphor for me by far is journey, followed by battle.

    I also wish I could add "redemption" to Chesterson's list, though there is a sense in which that theme can easily rest alongside any of the other three kinds of stories.

    By Blogger Matt, at 11/03/2005 09:58:00 AM  

  • Mike, for me, I'd say "Sitcom"

    I'm in that part where it looks crazy and you think how can this end up good and then before you know it - the 30 minutes are up and there is the "Happy Ending" that awaits all sitcoms. I live in the chaos, with the outbreaks of laughter among a great cast of characters, knowing that the ending will be great!

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 11/03/2005 01:00:00 PM  

  • For me it is all about the journey. I've fought some battles, rescued the beauty (then lost her), lived on the edge, taken risks, surrendered all, been wounded, recovered, and yet there is a curve ahead, a hill, a twisty road with the maples turning orange and red and I march forward. The future is a bit of a mystery but that is part of the journey. I love it.

    By Blogger Paul, at 11/03/2005 09:36:00 PM  

  • Mike, you had me at Chesterton.
    I love you to.

    Matt :)

    By Blogger Matt Tapie, at 11/03/2005 09:47:00 PM  

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