by Kenny Conley
On the last day of the Orange Conference Reggie interviewed Donald Miller. Donald talked about what it takes to have a good story…
Donald shared a story about a dad who was losing his teenage girl. She was dating a trouble maker and disengaging from the family. The dad heard from someone that this “other life” was offering a better story. This dad then made a commitment for his family to raise $20,000 to build an orphanage in Mexico. He was initially encountered with resistance from the family, but eventually everyone jumped on board and everyone brought ideas and excitement to the mission. Within a few weeks, the trouble-maker boyfriend was history. The teenage daughter now had a better story to live and the boyfriend didn’t fit in the context of this “more exciting” story.
Donald shared that it isn’t necessary to win for the story to be great. It’s only necessary to sacrifice. It’s like the movie Friday Night Lights, based on the West Texas football team. In the movie, the team loses the final game (sorry if I spoiled it). The true story is that they won the following year, but that year didn’t seem to take as much discipline and sacrifice as the previous year. The year they lost was a better story. It made for a better movie. In your life, winning isn’t necessary, but the conflict, the sacrifice and costs extracted make the difference of a life well lived or wasted.
In II Chronicles 6:7-8 it describes how David wanted to build the temple, but never did. He did well because the temple was in his heart. It was an unrealized dream, but he did much to see that temple become a reality in the life after his. This sounds a lot like Hebrews 11, describing all the fathers of our faith who never realized the promise.
What is something that’s in your heart to do, even if you never get it