Imagine that your life has been documented by a famous writer, and the story of your life is sitting on thousands of bookshelves and Amazon.com screens. Would it be a page-turning story? Would anyone read it?
These questions had never occurred to me until I heard Donald Miller speak on the power of story at Willow Creek several years ago. He challenged the audience then, as he does today, to live more interesting stories. As Miller asks in a recent blog post, “If I were a character in a story, what decision would make the story more interesting?”
What makes for a page-turning story? Overcoming insurmountable obstacles, risk, conflict, reaching for an impossible goal, come to mind. Um…can I live a comfortable and safe story instead?
This week my husband will finish four years of study toward a Master of Divinity degree. I’m very proud of him, especially after watching him study Greek and Hebrew vocabulary, read piles of books and write dozens of papers. He will now launch a second career in ministry, and I admit that it feels like uncharted territory. I suspect we’ll experience change, obstacles, challenges, conflict and maybe even some risk.
I trust that God has brought him this far, and me with him, for a good purpose. I trust that the Lord will reveal the next step just in time for us to take it. I trust that this chapter in our life story will be rewarding, fruitful and interesting.
I’ll keep you posted.
Have you ever intentionally made a decision to live a more page-turning story? If not, what might that look like in your life?
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the word of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17