Don’t Be Afraid to Embrace Whimsy, the nagging idea that life could be magical and special if we are only willing to take a few risks. Here are a few thoughts and notes (but mostly straight-up plagiarisms) taken from Donald Miller’s book: “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years”.
Donald Miller is the laid-back, extremely honest guy who made his mark with the book “Blue Like Jazz”. While brainstorming for a movie with the same title, he discovered how boring his life was and changed it. “A Million Miles in A Thousand Years” is Miller’s journey of growth and unborifying life. He pushes you to look at your life from a different perspective. To look at it as a story. The truth is, if what we choose to do with our lives won’t make a story meaningful, it won’t make a life meaningful either.
What makes a story great? Not giving into fear. The great stories go to those who don’t give into it. In the Bible, “Do not fear” is the most repeated commandment. It’s in there over two hundred freaking times! This tells us 1.) we will be afraid and 2.) we shouldn’t let fear boss us around.
Do I have to win for my story to be great? No-but you do have to sacrifice everything. The thought of having a great life story sounds nice to most people, but few like the work, pain, and sacrifice that a truly good story costs. So much of our life is spent trying to avoid conflict. Heck, even half of the commercials on TV are selling us something that will make life easier. Part of me wonders if our stories aren’t being stolen by the easy life.
I really hate not #winning. When times get tough, and they often are, we often blame God. Really, God is just the master story teller. What do great story tellers do? They put their characters through hell. (When you stop expecting God to end all your troubles, you’d be surprised how much you like spending time with God.) Putting characters through hell is the only way that characters change. It’s the only way that WE change. When something hard happens to you, you have two choices in how to deal with it. You can either get bitter, or better. I choose to get better. It’s made all the difference.
(Seriously….most of the above is straight from Miller’s book. Credit where credit is due. It’s worth the $5.49 on Amazon or the $8.91 on the Kindle machine.)