If you've been following my blog even a little, you know that I've been kicking around the idea of our lives being like a story. I've been thinking a lot lately about what (or who) is writing my story, and what happens when I just "let life happen". Have you ever quit reading a book after a few chapters, or even fallen asleep during a movie? Have you thought about what makes a movie or book "slow"? A story can have a ton of action, breathtaking beauty, some huge explosions or crazy plot twists, but if the characters don't change, I don't care. On the flip side, if a character goes deep then I don't have to have these huge moments of action or special effects. I don't need them to change the world or leap tall buildings in a single bound. A rich character is a rare and precious thing.
Although many times I tend toward an easy going, wait-and-see type of attitude, I'm realizing that I don't want every moment of my life to be lived this way. Sometimes it's the best way, but most of the time it's not. In fact, more than ever I've started living intentionally. This means action. It means risk. It means being uncomfortable. I've decided that I will never again let FEAR write my story for me. Have you ever let FEAR write pages of your story? Chapters, even? What about anger or bitterness? Regret? Grief? Logic? Greed? Comfort?
The pages of our lives are rich with heroes and villains, plot twists and triumph and conflict, defining moments and heart-wrenching tragedy. But if we don't change, if we as the main characters don't decide to become the heroes of our own stories, if we don't let the Author mold great character within us, we're missing it.
A good story is good. But what if you're missing out on an epic story?
In my next post I think I'll look at exactly where a story starts becoming great. But in the meantime, think about something for me. Name some of your favorite "characters" of all time. I think we all need to start there, so that we can figure out what kind of story we want to live. And then think about this: Have you ever let something else or someone else write pages or chapters of your story for you?