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March 21, 2013
There is something about a good movie that brings people together.
It opens people up to a world in which they can experience life together, even if just for a few hours, and in those few hours, they are all taking part in a story that is being told.
I am currently reading a book called, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” by Donald Miller; I highly suggest that everyone find some time to encounter this book first-hand.
Anywho, Donald spends much of the book discussing the parallels between the movies that we watch and the lives that we live.
While he delves into this comparison in many different areas, one of my favorite ways that he compares the two is when he talks about conflict.
Think about any movie that you have seen recently. Was there conflict in the plot?
If so (which usually, the answer is always yes), was the conflict resolved or left lingering? How was it handled and how did it affect the lives of the characters?
Donald suggests the idea that the conflict is always what changes the person in the movie, not the resolution of the conflict.
In his attempt to create a more exciting life for himself in the book, he realizes that in order for his life to be worth making a movie about, ,he must also be willing to embrace the conflict in his life.
As my mind was processing this information, I started to reflect on different times in my life when conflict has arose.
How was it handled? Did I change as a person because of it? And if so, why and how?
There was a common theme among these memories: When I embraced conflict, my life, although possibly more difficult and risky, was far more of an exciting movie than when I didn’t.
And every single time, the conflict changed me as a person.
I learned the importance of forgiveness and the risk of bitterness.
I learned the heart-breaking reality that people will forever disappoint you but was scooped up and rescued in the fact that Jesus never disappoints.
I learned much about myself and how despite the fact that uncomfortable situations aren’t preferable, they always make us stronger.
We all like good movies because fortunately, we are outside the realm of its’ results and therefore, the character’s circumstances and conflicts do not personally inhabit our little atmosphere.
We encourage them to move forward and take the risk because for us, as the audience, it is far more exciting!
However, when it comes to our personal lives, we claim to want the “movie-like stories”- we crave having a life that is worth writing about- yet we live what I like to call the “plastic furniture life.”
We have the resources. We have the furniture. Yet, in our fear of things getting too messy, we keep the plastic on.
Because being risky can end one of two ways: Good or Bad.
However, don’t you think that even if it ends up bad, fixing a little messed up furniture is more of a life than sitting on the plastic?
Not sure if I ventured off course here, but essentially, I want us to stop watching movies and cheering on characters as they enter into conflicts and we virtually live through them.
Maybe we should write a worthy story on our own. With Jesus, of course. But you know what I mean?
Do not run from conflict.
Do not be scared to take risks.
Do not just talk about adventures, live the ideas that are written on the pages of your favorite novels.
For in life’s uncertainties are formed the exciting parts of all movies.
Want that daring music that you see In movies?
Then take the plastic off your furniture and embrace the conflict in your life.
It is always what transforms the character
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