Donald Miller in his book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, tells his reader about a thirteen-year-old girl who is dealing with the natural challenges of becoming her own authentic self apart from her parents. Her father is fearful of potential drug use and possible association with a harmful crowd.
While Miller is meeting with the father he makes the comment, “your daughter is living a horrible story.”
You see, a story involves a character that wants something and overcomes conflict to get it. This teenager didn’t know what she wanted in life; she didn’t know what conflict she was supposed to overcome, so she wandered around aimlessly. Most of us don’t know what we want in life, so we wander around stating that we’re bored, but deep down, we start questioning our worth.
It’s been five years since the release of the last published issue of niNe. magazine. Five years of wandering what I was supposed to do in my life, wandering where I was supposed to be and wandering what I was to become. Five years of yearning for the positive impact of the magazine in my daily life, but not really pursuing it. Five years of being lost, being rebellious against God’s true vision for my life, being bored.
Later in Donald Miller’s book we learn that the father decides that the family is going to create their own story; they are going to serve on a mission trip. This changes the daughter’s approach to life; she now has purpose to pursue and a conflict to overcome.
I had decided to start the magazine again before I read Donald Miller’s account, but this story confirmed that the time was here. I am no longer going to wander around curious as to what I’m supposed to be doing and why. I know deep down, and have always known deep down, what I’m supposed to be doing in life. It’s about time I listen and pursue the conflict that God wants me to overcome. It’s about time I listen to My Creator and discover who He desires me to be, so I can learn the lessons he has set before me as I overcome my own conflict and struggles.
So, with this entry I welcome the beginning of another beautiful journey with niNe. magazine. This time it will be bigger and better and naturally God will be glorified. I hope as I learn to live my story again I am able to encourage all of you to live your own story, discover the conflict that you are supposed to overcome and see that you are worth much more than gold in the eyes of your savior!