This summer I read “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” by Donald Miller. The main (life changing) idea I took away from this book is that our lives should be lived like a story. Stories are filled with ups, downs, highs, lows, struggles, joys, twists, and turns. Stories also consist of characters, main ideas, settings, themes, and lessons. Some are love stories, some are tragedies, some are action packed, and others are based solely on character development. The best stories have a mixture of it all.
When one person realizes life is like a story it changes their community. When we chose to live life like a story something changes. Suddenly we see significance in people and our interactions with them. Once we see every person as a character in our story our eyes are open to how important they are in our lives. This changes how we relate to those around us. Conversations become more important, enjoying people’s company is sweeter, and we become more intentional with the people around us.
A community that realizes it is built by characters who are creating a greater story is a powerful thing. When a community realizes they are all characters in a greater story they can begin to write the script. This allows a group of people to create a direction and move towards it. A community can decide what is important and match their lives (stories) to it.
“A story is based on what people think is important, so when we live a story, we are telling people around us what we think is important.” -Donald Miller
Day 8: I love my community because they are living great stories.