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7 December 2009

Turning thinking into doing

Donald Miller's new book "A Million Miles in a thousand years" is really making me stop and think about the functional life of a person of consequence. He reiterates a number of times "A character is what a character does" ... a book about his learning process editing his real life into a character in a story.

It's a real confronting challenge to "thinkers" when you realize that the world doesn't hear your thoughts. Ha. Sounds strange but we quite often wrongly THINK that we really ARE the person we think we are in our own brains. As gross miscalculation in actuality. A character is what a character does. And I'm feeling the pressing of the Holy Spirit more and more these days that we were designed to be anything but average. And good thinkers who don't do anything... are not heroes. It's just not good enough.

I preached 3x this weekend about heroes. I walked a number of groups through Miller's process of using their own life to tell a story in a defined time. It's not an easy task, but trying it very quickly makes you realize that WANT your life to say something.

"I've wondered if one of the reasons we fail to acknowledge the brilliance of life is because we don't want the responsibility inherent in the acknowledgment. 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"
Don Miller

And this is not some goofy corporate motivational thing. Because Biblical heroism means having a passion for others and a spirit of sacrifice that would lay down their own lives for their brother. Great part about that... is that it's the only way actually LIVE!

Matthew 10: 38-39"If you don't go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don't deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you'll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you'll find both yourself and me.

Living life like this both inspires others to do likewise... and lets us act like Matt Chandler when what the world mislabels "tragedy" happens to us. You HAVE to see this.

Imagine that... understanding we're made to honor and testify to God with our lives in EVERY season. Good and Bad. We can choose not to turn our thoughts into actions... for a time. But whether you like it or not... you are a character in the grandest of theaters... and the playwright died so that you, in turn, can play an important, heroic role.

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