Sunday, May 29, 2011

a month of stories: YOUR story

i am going to officially end this month in a couple of days with part of lucy's story {which i am in the process of finishing up right now}.  in the meantime, i wanted to leave you with a few quick thoughts on stories.

last week i saw a commercial for a certain cable network and this is what some idiot marketing genius decided was a great way to promote the network...

the story you could be watching is better than the one you're in

what???  are you kidding me???

here's the deal...i sometimes watch t.v.  some of the shows i have been known to watch involve fictitious characters.  i read a LOT of novels that involve stories about made-up people.  i find all of these things interesting.  having said that...i am pleading with you...

please do not believe this lie. do not for one second believe that your life is so lame that you need to live vicariously through the life of a fictional character {or even some celebrity on reality t.v. who you really know nothing about}.  from the depths of my heart i wish for myself...and for live an amazing story.  off the couch.  out from in front of the t.v.  out in the real world.  {by the way - parents - this is one of the best examples you could ever set for your kids.}

and because no one can say any of this better than one of my favorite 'story experts' - donald miller - here are some thoughts from him and some of his books that i love...

The most difficult lie I have ever contended with is this: life is a story about me. 
– from blue like jazz

  Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Chrisian Spirituality  

And once you live a good story, you get a taste for a kind of meaning in life, and you can't go back to being normal; you can't go back to meaningless scenes stitched together by the forgettable thread of wasted time. 
– from a million miles in a thousand years
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story

And so my prayer is that your story will have involved some leaving and some coming home, some summer and some winter, some roses blooming out like children in a play. My hope is your story will be about changing, about getting something beautiful born inside of you about learning to love a woman or a man, about learning to love a child, about moving yourself around water, around mountains, around friends, about learning to love others more than we love ourselves, about learning oneness as a way of understanding God. We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and the resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn't it?
- from through painted deserts

Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road

how's your story coming?