Editing My Life :: Chapter 4


I have always wanted to aspire to a more free spirited attitude.  To live life in the moment.  To not be too busy to enjoy the small things… 

When I heard this story, I remembered Bob and his family jumping off the dock at the lodge.  For no good reason, they jumped into the water fully clothed, just so they could say goodbye to us in a way that cost them something, that branded a scene into our minds that we could remember for years to come.  A good movie has memorable scenes, and so does a good life.

When I think back on those memorable moments of life, I remember those moments where I was able to let go of whatever fear kept me from living, and just allowed myself to be in the moment.  I remember being a junior high youth group leader and me and a bunch of junior high girls wore our socks into the pond because we thought it would be funny.  I remember when my husband and I were dating, one evening he just pulled over the car, popped in a CD, and grabbed me out of the car to dance with me in the parking lot. 

I want to live memorable scenes.  I want to be intentional in creating those memories but I also want to let go of my agenda so that I can just live. 

I like those scenes in the Bible where God stops people and asks them to build an altar.  You’d think He was making them do that for Himself, but I don’t think God really gets much from looking at a pile of rocks.  Instead, I think God wanted his people to build altars for their sake, something that would help them remember, something they could look back on and remember the time when they were rescued, or they were given grace.

But it’s like I said before, about writers not really wanting to write.  We have to force ourselves to create these scenes.  We have to get up off the couch and turn the television off, we have to blow up the inner-tubes and head to the river.  We have to write the poem and deliver it in person.  We have to pull the car off the road and hike to the top of the hill.  We have to put on our suits, we have to dance at weddings.  We have to make altars.

*Snippets of thoughts from Donald Miller’s book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.  Read all the posts here

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