I’m afraid I haven’t been blogging much lately. I admit that I haven’t been working steadfastly on my children’s books either. Instead, I’ve been engaged in living a better story.
Shortly after Christmas, friends from church gave me a book by Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. It’s not a children’s book, but it has inspired me to fling open the blinds, allowing light to dance across the walls.
Today, for example, I stood at the top of the sledding hill, shaking my head. “I’m not going down,” I told my husband and sons. I stared at the grass and mud peeking out from the snow. I saw others speeding down the steep upper hill and bumping over the lower hill. While I was frozen in fear, my husband’s voice blasted into my consciousness. “Live a better story! You’re going down the hill! Come on! Get on that sled!” I sat down, inching the plastic sled toward the edge of the hill, and . . . wheeee! I obeyed the line my husband had borrowed from Miller’s book. “Live a better story!” Braving the hill again and again, I made a thrilling memory with my family and our neighbors.
Miller’s book is shockingly unreligious at times and movingly spiritual at others. After reading it, I felt inspired to go to the effort to make stand-out memories, and more importantly, to live the story God wants me to live. Read it for the stories Miller tells, for the lessons he learns about crafting a good story and applies to living a good story, and for his compelling voice. Throughout the reading of his words, I began to think of him as a friend.
It isn’t often that a book changes the way you think. This one does.
May God bless all your stories!