Flat Stanley…Flat Christian?
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Have you ever heard of the book, Flat Stanley? It’s an oldie but goodie. Though first published in 1964, it’s still widely read today…but mainly by second and third graders! It’s a story about a boy whose bulletin board falls on him during the night and, though he didn’t flat line…he did flatten. At first it seems like a terrible fate, but Stanley soon discovers the benefits of his, well, shallowness. He can now go places that were formerly off-limits, like under closed doors, through sidewalk grates, and into the exhibits at the art museum. But before long, Stanley wishes to return to his former, fuller, self. And, with the aid of an air pump, that’s just what happens. The story line is a perfect setup for creative writing because it poses the question, “What if you were flat?” What if indeed. What if I were a Flat Kris…or, worse yet…a Flat Christian?