Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

"A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" by Donald Miller

The author realizes that his life is very meaningful but that he has the power to change his story.  He figures out what makes a story powerful and uses that to edit his life to make it powerful.  We all have the power to make change happen.  We all have one beautiful life to live.  "These polar charges, these happy and sad things in life, are like colors God uses to draw the world."  "We get robbed of the glory of life because we aren't capable of remembering how we got here.  What I'm saying is I think life is staggering and we're just used to it.  We are all like spoiled children no longer impressed with the gifts we're given-it's just another sunset, just another rainstorm moving in over the mountain, just another child being born, just another funeral."  How true, the things that are truly amazing, truly miraculous, become mundane.  The sun rising every morning is truly spectacular but it does it every morning so it looses it's coolness factor.  When we stop and actually think about these wonders they become wondrous to us again.  Stop and savor, stop taking for granted.  "People love to have lived a great story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen.  But joy costs pain."  Because it does take work and the work is hard and long but in the end it is worth it.  "But fear isn't only a guide to keep us safe; it's also a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life."  Fear stops us from really living.  "It made me think about the hard lives so many people have had, the sacrifices they've endured, and how those people will see heaven differently from those of us who have had easier lives."  The pain makes the beauty that much more beautiful.  "There is no conflict that man can endure that will not produce a blessing."  That is so encouraging, what we are going through has a reason, a blessing.  "After a tragedy, I think God gives us a period of numbing as a kind of grace."  "When we look back on our lives, what we will remember are the crazy things we did, the times we worked harder to make a day stand out."  Being willing to risk is what makes life worth living.  We can find beauty in the everyday but I think the memories are in the extraordinary.  "We don't know how much we are capable of loving until the people we love are being taken away, until a beautiful story is ending."  This book was an encouraging book to make your life matter, that we all with God's help can make our life meaningful.  It is when we give of ourselves that life finds meaning.

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