The emphasis we have on fact means we cannot cope with the idea of a true fictional story. 'Fictional truth' or 'narrative truth' is just an oxymoron. Hence the confusion with Genesis.
Wonder points us to God not just in the Christmas story, but in the Bible, the world and the universe we live in. It also lets us all be little kids again - enjoying a moment.
It is what I want to put out into the world and what I try to search for in it.
Integrity is the value which I most cherish in the people that I love, and the one I most long to cultivate in my own life.
Optimism reflects a hopefulness and confidence for the future- the idea that good will always prevail over evil.
Fundamentally, there is something delightfully unnecessary and inexpressibly and outlandishly beautiful about the generous; it speaks to me of something greater.
My value of assertiveness has come from how transformative it has been to be able to own my beliefs, understanding of the world and the relationships I have.
The king, Tirian, says this to his dearest friend, Jewel the Unicorn: "If ever I offended against you in any matter great or small, forgive me now." Jewel’s response: ‘“Dear King,” said the Unicorn, “I could almost wish you had, so that I might forgive it.”
I hope everyone who reads this will use the coming New Year as an opportunity to reflect on what gives them purpose, and to identify what they wish for their 2019 that will bring a greater sense of purposefulness to their life.
I've asked some friends if they would be kind enough to spend some time reflecting on what they think their most sacred value might be and why.