Then he (Jesus) taught them many things by using stories. He said:
A farmer went out to scatter seed in a field. While the farmer was scattering the seed, some of it fell along the road and was eaten by birds. Other seeds fell on thin, rocky ground and quickly started growing because the soil wasn't very deep. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched and dried up, because they did not have deep roots. Some other seeds fell where thorn bushes grew up and choked the plants. But a few seeds did fall on good ground where the plants produced 100 or 60 or 30 times as much as was scattered. If you have ears, pay attention!
Jesus told lots of stories! People like to hear a good story and they remember stories. The parables of Jesus did not identify by name the characters in the stories, but the Bible never says that these were not true stories.
I know it is beyond our ability even to image but the Lord knows all the stories of every person who has ever lived, so why would he need to present a story that was fictional? Of course, the Bible doesn't say whether or not the stories were from the lives of real people, but they could have been.
But here is a sobering thought. If Jesus wanted to tell a story from your life what could it be and how would it end? Would your story be one of the stories that begins with tragedy and ends in triumph? Or would your story be a sad tale of so much promise that ended in defeat?
Remember, every day is a chapter in the story that Jesus is telling the Father about you. You write the story and Jesus tells your story to God! Let your story be about a man or woman who in spite of suffering, pain, sorrow and temptations of all kinds, held on tightly to the Heart of Jesus. That's the kind of story that Jesus loves to tell the Father. But if your story is one of giving in to temptation, let today be the day in your story when you turned you heart back to Jesus and began to walk in His blessings!
"Lord Jesus, I pray that my life today will be a story that You are blessed to tell the Father! And may my story today encourage others to follow hard after You as well! May You be praised forever. Amen."