“We slowly grow into life and just kind of get used to it.” -Donald Miller
This morning at Willow Creek Donald Miller spoke about what it means to tell a story with your life. (You can watch/listen to his message here. I would highly recommend you do so, he was great!) Donald Miller talked about how, like with music, we are innately created to connect to stories. And a story, he said, must involve a character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it.
It follows that if we don’t WANT something, our lives don’t make sense. Donald Miller says the stuff we want must be:
4. Connected to love
Great stories must also include fear. They must go through conflict. Conflict exists in our Story from the very beginning when God creates and Adam is lonely, longing for a “suitable helper.”
God creates us to desire something. And he builds conflict into the Story he writes.
When you get down to it, what Donald Miller says is this: God calls you into an awesome Story and has given you the authority to do something with your own. It’s time we each take some responsibility for the story we’re living. It’s time we answer the question:
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
Then go out and live the story you want. Make it clear. Embrace fear and conflict. Tell a beautiful and meaningful story rooted in love. Tell a story that inspires, guides, and encourages those around you.
Side note – Donald Miller’s book, Blue Like Jazz, is an inviting and genuine read. And I’m doing a book group with some Young Life girls on his newest book, A Thousand Miles in a Million Years –> feel free to read it along with us and please share your thoughts!