Monday, May 24, 2010

You're On

“If I have a hope, it’s that God sat over the dark nothing and wrote you and me, specifically, into the story, and put us in with the sunset and the rainstorm as though to say, Enjoy your place in my story. The beauty of it means you matter, and you can create within it even as I have created you.

I’ve wondered, though, if one of the reasons we fail to acknowledge the brilliance of life is because we don’t want the responsibility inherent in the acknowledgement. We don’t want to be characters in a story because characters have to move and breathe and face conflict with courage. And if life isn’t remarkable, then we don’t have to do any of that; we can be unwilling victims rather than grateful participants.”

~ Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

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What do you think?


Lindsay Joy said...

For me, as a probably accurately accused control freak, I would agree with Donald. One of my greatest fears in life is to "make the wrong decision". I want so badly to do what God wants that when he leaves certain endings unwritten I almost feel suffocated in the freedom. I would much prefer that God send some message on Heaven letterhead saying, "This is my plan for you, this is what you can do to make me happy and be my good and faithful servant". I'm often thankful for the freedom down the road when I see the lessons I have learned from my decisions, however in the moment, having undefined plans can be the scariest thing in the world for me.

Mike Cooke said...

I just came across this verse a few days ago and it seems to tie in

Ps 40:5
Many, O LORD my God,
are the wonders you have done.
The things you planned for us
no one can recount to you;
were I to speak and tell of them,
they would be too many to declare.

The things God planned for us are wonderful and good. He wrote good parts for us. We are characters he created to find love and fulfillment.

But what about the bad things that happen? Did God write those into the story also? I think not. Although God can and will bring good out of them, they are not good in themselves and they have another source. Powerful evil forces are at work to mess up the story that God intended to tell.