What Story Are You Living?

If someone made a movie about your life, what would the plot be like? Would there be a plot, or would it just be a never ending succession of dull days?

What’s the major conflict in your story? Is the main character (you) fighting to get through, or has that person given in to living a quiet life of desperation?

If you’re not satisfied with the story you’re in, you should read Donald Miller’s newest book, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years”:

If you watched a movie about a guy who wanted a Volvo and worked for years to get it, you wouldn’t cry at the end when he drove off the lot, testing the windshield wipers.  You wouldn’t tell your frinds you saw a beautiful movie or go home and put a record on to think about the story you’d seen.  The truth is, you wouldn’t remember that movie a week later, except you’d feel robbed and want your money back.  Nobody cries at the end of a movie about a guy who wants a Volvo.

But we spend years actually living those stories, and expect our lives to feel meaningful.  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.

11 months ago circumstances (or an author) conspired together and forced me to jump out of an everyday sort of story and into a new adventure.  Be ready.  Your new story might be right around the corner.

5 Replies to “What Story Are You Living?”

  1. Great post you should checkout the newest post from this Army is Love I think you will see some parallels :). It’s my later project to help people locally and globally I believe one person can change things!

  2. Clearly, I am living somebody’s National Novel Writing Month project in its unedited state. Any sane editor would object to some of the plot twists as wildly implausible: “You can’t have the main character’s mother, grandmother, AND CAT all die within six weeks spanning Christmas, during which her then-husband had cancer surgery! That’s ridiculous!”

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