I’m an amateur on the bible but I came across an interesting section in 2 Samuel that teaches how to make a lasting impact and truly influence others.
King David was a powerful king. He had conquered many cities and won the heart of his people. He even slayed a fully armed giant with only a strap of leather, a stone, and the giant’s own sword. He was a man after God’s own heart and God granted him favor in all he touched.
However, David was still human and like humans often do, he strayed off the straight and narrow pathway looking to fulfill his own desires. He lusted after another man’s wife. So much so that he ordered him to fight on the front lines in the upcoming battle where he would surely be killed, and killed he was.
Soon after David married the woman and no one dare spoke a word to him about his actions, after all he had just ordered a man to death. Who would dare confront the king or stand in the way of what he wanted?
Then there’s Nathan. Nathan was a prophet who had a message for the great and powerful king, a story more or less. The story goes like this:
“There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor. The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man’s own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter. One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.”
David was furious. “As surely as the Lord lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.”
Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man!”
Stories have a way of cracking that hard defensive shell. They get people to open up to hear the real message. If Nathan would have just came in telling David how wrong he was waving his finger, he would have been thrown out on his ear and King David would have continued on his path.
As a leader, if you want your message to truly resonate, attach a story to it that reinforces your point. People of REAL influence are the ones who can tell the best stories!