Happy tax day! Well, I suppose it's not very happy. But, maybe after reading this you'll feel a little better!
You know, obviously, that taxes have been around for a long, long time! Praise God Adam and Eve didn't have to pay any taxes, though they were supposed to avoid the one tree. I guess you could say that is a form of giving up something. But countries as far back as we remember have always had to give some kind of income to the government for their country to continue to exist.
One form of giving to your country is recorded in an old story regarding Saint George and a dragon. If you're not familiar with Saint George, here's his story. There was a town that became terrorized by a local dragon. You can call it a dinosaur too, it's a great big lizard, same thing. This great big dragon caused a lot of problems for the village. In the end, to try to keep it happy and away from the village, a villager was chosen to be given away as a sacrifice. Talk about a tax! Every month a new villager was given to the dragon to eat. Perhaps that's where we get the saying "Do not irritate dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup." (Well maybe not...)
Everywhere I look I seem to see Christian studies and organizations showing how the youth of our churches are falling out of their faith in God when they go to college. I forget the stats off the top of my head, but it's something like 8 or 9 out of every 10 Christians are walking away from the church while at college. At least that's what I seem to hear.
What are the things that help make a good story? There has to be particular plot twist, characters have to develop and overcome obstacles, character relationships have to prosper or fail Perhaps you can include all of those thoughts.
Imagine you're standing in line at the grocery store, waiting to check out. Suddenly your child or grandchild turns to talk to the person behind you. Out of the mouths of babes comes an innocent question to a complete stranger. "Do you know Jesus?" A streak runs up the nerves of your back.