A while back, I heard about something called the Storyline conference being led by Donald Miller. I’ve really enjoyed several of his books and had recently been thinking a lot about the concept of our lives as story, as he explored that idea in A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. In that book, he suggests thinking of our lives as a great story – essentially, that our life is about someone who wants something and is overcoming obstacles to get it.
To this point, I haven’t been able to go to the Storyline conference, but I did buy the Storyline book a while back and have been working through it slowly. I think it was originally designed as a companion to the conference, so it’s more of a workbook than Miller’s other books. You don’t just kick back and read it – it’s kind of one of those books that works you over as you think through the questions being raised. It’s well worth the work as Miller unpacks the thinking behind the ideas he writes about in Million Miles, and asks probing questions to help the reader get to the heart of who they are, what they want, what obstacles they’re facing… “finding your subplot in God’s story” as the subtitle suggests.
Personally, I’d still love to get to the Storyline conference at some point, but in the meantime, I’m being challenged by the book and looking forward to living the story into which God is drawing me. If you feel like your life’s been missing something, check it out. It may be just what you need to reframe the struggles you’re facing and be reminded of what your life’s all about in the first place.