A friend shared a MontanaPBS Presents story last night that has been on my mind all day. The documentary followed the story of retired Montana back-country outfitter Smoke Elser.
The documentary was excellent. Montana is beautiful and the story surrounding back-country outfitting was very interesting. I highly recommend you watch it but what really had me interested was an underlying message throughout the video.
In the final 3 minutes, one of Smoke’s daughters refers to him as a master storyteller; a true teacher. Smoke spent 40+ years taking groups through the Montana back-country sharing his stories. Informative, Funny, Moving. He was teaching people everyday about themselves and the world around them. They may have not even realized it.
We come to understand and explain the world around us through narrative. I am of the opinion that every good story should be teaching us something. (a la Frecherick Buechner – thanks Beam)
Something about ourselves. Something about who Christ is. Something about who Christ desires us to be.
I have never claimed to be a writer and you don’t have to be one either. Just like Smoke, our life’s narrative should impact people. Be mindful of that – the story your life is sharing.
I love a good storyteller.