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We’ve all contemplated the questions, “what is life about” and “why are we here”. I contemplate them daily.

There’s almost a gravitational pull towards letting life get away from us. Life tends to live us, rather than the other way around. But we all have an opportunity to paint a beautiful picture on the canvas of life if we choose to take the reins and be deliberate about it.

We all have an opportunity to write our story. Something that teaches, inspires, compels or incites change.

And I ask, why not? What else is there really? My answer to “ why are we here” has become “to write a story worth telling”.

We have the opportunity to write a story that ultimately makes the world a more loving, peaceful place. Everything we do either contributes to or detracts from that. We may make installments, lose ground and sit idly, but it’s all connected.

My story can be whatever I want it to be, or nothing at all. I can merely exist if I choose. But that seems like a wasted opportunity when I could write something inspirational or even revolutionary.

We make our impact by what we do, what we accomplish, who we help, how we treat others, how we innovate and even in how we look. I like to try them all. It gives me purpose. It drives me to be a better human being. Otherwise, what’s the point?

The reason we have such a thriving entertainment industry is because we love great stories. Unfortunately, technology has made it so easy to live vicariously through others that many have forgotten to write their own stories.

If your story were made into a film, would you be compelled to watch it? Would it inspire you? Would it be worth watching? What would it be about?

Whether you’re actively engaged in it or not, you’re writing it right now.

 

3 Comments

  1. Teri @ StumblingAroundInTheLight.com on March 19, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Love this, Jared. Much the same as Donald Miller’s message in “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” – and one that has changed the trajectory of our lives.
    Love ‘reading’ the story of your lives there in Mombasa…!

  2. Kim A on September 14, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Great words, great words!

  3. Ashley Logsdon on September 15, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Great point – love this: Unfortunately, technology has made it so easy to live vicariously through others that many have forgotten to write their own stories.

    It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the commentary that we forget to step out, step away, and step INTO the real story of our lives that is happening beyond our smart phones and tech devices!

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