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Donald Miller Told Me to Get a Good Life

And I didn’t like it—but I think he was right

I'm a "Christian 20Something."

This means: I'm on my smart phone all the time, I talk to my friends more on Facebook than I do face to face, I tweet, I Instagram, and I complain.

I am an expert complainer: I complain to my friends that all the guys my age aren't grownups. I complain that I never have any money. And I complain, oh boy, do I complain about my church.

You see, I attend a great church, but there are a lot of things that bother me about it, and a lot of things I don't understand. But week after week, I show up (at the 11 o'clock service, of course) find the same five friends I always sit with, listen to the sermon, and then leave with my head filled with a little bit more Bible knowledge. I almost always find a few extra criticisms about the worship music, the overdone stage, or the way it seems like nobody reaches out to newcomers.

The same goes for my "Young Adults" group. I attend feeling cynical about the speakers and less than hopeful about the after-activities. I usually leave early, discouraged, mumbling something about how it's all headed downhill and how "nobody goes anymore."

I complain. I criticize. I worry. But I do nothing, because it's not my job.

Or at least, I didn't think it was my job.

Alas, God has a funny way of smacking me over the head when I'm skipping merrily down the wrong path, as I so often do.

A few weeks ago, I talked to Donald Miller, the poster child for my generation: subversive, relevant, exciting, THE Donald Miller. He wrote the book that changed the way I viewed the Christian life, and I was pumped to interview him. But when I did, I found myself not star struck, but instead, heavily convicted.

You see, Donald Miller has a lot to say about living life and taking responsibility for it.

We talked for a while about his movie, Blue Like Jazz, before the topic turned to writing a good story with your life. He told me, "A great story, in the simplest terms, has a character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it. And I think it's really important, especially when we're young, to want something. Sponsor a kid through World Vision…whatever…but want something."

Fair enough, I thought. I want to live a great story. I can do the overcoming conflict thing. No problem.

Then he told me, "We Americans, especially, just don't understand that life is supposed to be hard. And we buy things to make it easier. But God has designed life in such a way that it's difficult, and we should be engaging that challenge rather than running from it."

May31, 2012 at 2:21 PM

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