“If you aren’t telling a good story, nobody thinks you died too soon; they just think you died. ” – Donald Miller
So I finished up Donald Miller’s “A Million Miles in A Thousand Years” Saturday evening. I thought I’d share a few thoughts that I highlighted as I went through.
“Somehow we realize that great stories are told in conflict, but we are unwilling to embrace the potential greatness of the story we are actually in. We think God is unjust rather than a master storyteller…”
We cannot live a great story without conflict. Without hard stuff to go through. Without inexplicable occurrences that make even the most devout question the purpose of life. Think of every great story you’ve ever known, and you’ll find gut wrenching conflict in it. Yet, when we deal with God, we think a great story comprises of happy times, and God, the One who is literally writing time, has other plans for our stories.
“I’ve never walked out of a meaningless movie thinking all movies are meaningless. I only though the movie I walked out on was meaningless. I wonder, then, if when people say life is meaningless, what they really mean is their lives are meaningless. I wonder if they’ve chosen to believe their whole existence is unremarkable, and are projecting their dreary life on the rest of us.”
There isn’t much to expound on here – this is just fantastic writing.
“…it’s a terrible thing to wake up and realize the person you just finished crucifying didn’t turn out to be Jesus…”
Relationships are messy, and yet we compound the issue by throwing all of our sin and guilt and shame on the people closest to us, only to find out that they’re not Jesus. The nice thing, in our calmness, is that we realize that Jesus already carried the guilt, the shame, the crap the we really can’t handle, and yet we put more trust in those closest to us in relationship. What ends up happening is that we crucify them with our mess.
“A good storyteller doesn’t just tell a better story, though. He invites other people into the story with him, giving them a better story.”
This is true in life, this is true in faith, this is true. If you’re telling a good story with your life, then other people are a part of it. Great stories are not made up of loners. They’re not made up of rogue rebels or mavericks, they’re made up of people that from their very insides desire to share their good story with others, and involve them. Miller puts it this way:
“It’s as though God is saying, Write a good story, take somebody with you, and let me help.”
That’s the message of the gospel in real, straight terms. This was a great read. There is insight here that rocked my head, made me think hard, kept me up later a few nights. Definitely worth your read.