This world we live in is super-connected. Last week I had coffee in London with a guy I used to mentor when I lived in Beijing. I remember watching as he got into photography as a gawky teenager; now he gets flown around the world by big charities to shoot stills and film for them. He's totally invested in his art and uses his skills to tell stories that make a difference in his audience's hearts.
We might not all be as talented as my young friend, but I think we sometimes underestimate the power of telling our stories. When we've been overseas and we've seen incredible things, we have something of a responsibility to tell tem properly.
Case in point. There's this story that I've been telling for a few years.
The first time I ever visited Cambodia, I found myself walking around the Tuol Sleng museum. It's not exactly a nice place. Many years ago, it used to be a school. When Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge came to power, they turned the classrooms into cellblocks and imprisoned anyone with any connection to the previous government. The majority of prisoners were taken off to the killing fields at Cheong Eok to be interrogated and killed. As I walked around the museum I ran through a range of emotions; Sorrow, anger and eventual rage at man's inhumanity to man.
Then a thought lodged itself in hy head and wouldn't go away.
Jesus died for the people that did this too.
It wasn't a welcome thought. Surely justice demands that the people who commit the most horrendous crimes should suffer some punishment? Surely some crimes deserve at least a few years of painful agony before they can be forgiven? The idea that Jesus' grace should be available to genocidal tyrants was just... unfair.
I learned a lot about grace that day.
Here's the thing. I've learned even more about grace as I've shared that story with many people over the years since I first stepped into Tuol Sleng. Hopefully they've learned something too. And for the sake of telling one story, hopefully the world is a slightly better place as a result.
What story do you need to tell? What tools will you use to tell it? Answer those questions, then get out and tell it.