For some reason it feels like the turn of the new decade was a decade ago. It is incredible how fast we get back into the swing of our daily routines after the holidays. The weeks bleed into the weekends and the weekends in turn bleed into the weeks. The calendar becomes a blob of ink quicker than a quill pen on Kleenex paper. Where does the time go? What happened to those New Year’s Resolutions?
Last year I began writing a book as a sort of New Year’s Resolution. I had an idea for a story, and I figured that I would simply write a chapter per month until it was complete. I just finished Chapter 2. Perhaps I was a little ambitious thinking I would simply write a book while working 50 hour weeks and training for Ironman.
Oh what it would be like to be a ‘real’ author, waking up each day to a fresh cup of coffee and be able to sit around in my flannels and type on a laptop. That’s all there is to it right?
Well, as I sit here and watch my book unfold slower than LA Rush Hour traffic, I have been actually reading a book by one of my favorite authors Donald Miller. His newest book “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” is about developing stories, and how our lives are stories in an amongst themselves. The book resonated with me as I am developing characters in my book that are birthed out of my own personal experiences and life stories. Memorable moments from my own life are woven into the fabric of my story, as a thread through a silk suit.
It has made me reflect on my own life and what ‘story’ I am actually living. Would people want to watch this story? Have I taken advantage of opportunities to create more memorable moments? Once it is all said and done, will I have lived a life worth reading about?
What does my life story say about eternity? What does it say about my Faith? Has my life story impacted the life stories of others?
As I watch the year fly by yet again and I try to make time for my own book, I am encouraged to take advantage of more opportunity this year. Spend more time with friends. Have dinner on a moment’s notice. Give a random homeless person a meal. Listen to God for a few life tips. This is the year to make the story even more interesting.
Isaiah 30:21 (New International Version)
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”