There’s this book I have been reading lately. It’s called “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.” A guy named Donald Miller wrote it, and so far as I can tell he’s brilliant. Without giving away too much of the detail of the book (I want you to read it!), it’s really just Don’s reflection on recent years of his life as he discovers what it means to live life as a story. A story written by God. That may seem like a pretty old concept, but his take on it is fresh and new. He uses literary theory as a way to view life, all the while recalling beautiful anecdotes with pure, unbridled honesty. It’s marvelous.
I’m about halfway through Miller’s book, but I’m already inspired. I already find myself seeking to live my life as a story, to be a “good character,” as Miller calls it, in the story God is writing for me. I feel like I’m living with more purpose, intentionally. Everyone should read “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years,” even if just for the sake of reading beautiful literature. I feel more alive with each page I turn.
One of the adventures I can see God writing into my story is my involvement in Mosaic. Mosaic Birmingham is the church I go to in case you were wondering. We meet downtown in a bar and hold Bible studies and communion services in the lofts next door. There’s a group of maybe six or seven guys I’ve become friends with who have been given nothing short of a miraculous opportunity to serve a group of homeless people in downtown Birmingham. They are all in a group called Kaleber. God has been faithful to open up the doors for Kaleber to serve, so they are simply following God where he leads them. Last night I went to a Kaleber meeting where we sorted out the supplies we plan to offer to the homeless campsites (hopefully next week). We then sat down and watched a slide show of photos as one our guys, Austin Richardson, talked about his trip to India over Spring Break. It was exciting just to hear him recall the little mundane stories about the people and the culture. If only I wasn’t too tired to stay awake for the whole thing… But that’s what I get for studying late last night.
Anyway, my story is turning out to be an enthralling work of fiction.
Thanks for being slightly interested in it.
I’ll dedicate my next hit disco album to you.