Thoughts for a New Year: Living a Good Story
I’ve written before about living a “better story”. It’s a phrase from A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller, a book that talks about how life would be different if we lived each and every day with purpose – as if our life were being made into a movie and each moment were worthy of the big screen.
This is a wonderful and exciting idea. The first time I read this book I followed it by running a marathon with the H2O Runners team to raise money for clean water in Africa. It was an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime, painful story.
Here’s where this idea gets fuzzy – laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning toilets, vacuuming, washing the dog, cooking, going to work, paying the electric bill. Day to day to day to day life is generally made up of boring, un-story-like stuff.
How do we make the boring, routine, day to day stuff of life worthy of a good story?
Laundry has to be done. Toilets must be cleaned. Full-time jobs to provide food, clothing… How do we live every day in a way that is meaningful and memorable with a lasting impact on our lives and others?
Maybe that’s asking too much. Maybe living literally every single day to its fullest is impossible. Maybe we intentionally set aside time in each day to focus on our dream or our goal or our ministry as well as time to dust or wash windows or go to work.
Maybe we turn off the tv and iPhone and instead spend time painting or writing or wood carving. Maybe we take a look at our daily lives and after all our obligations are fulfilled we spend the rest of our day on things we love, things we are passionate about, instead of just doing ordinary, less-meaningful stuff.