I think, in the grand epic, Jesus is the hero of our stories. And our stories, as they were, are subplots in a grand epic and our job is not to be the hero of any story. Our job is to be a saint in a story that he is telling.
Every human being is searching for a deep sense of meaning, and yet we're all chasing success. We've confused one for the other.
Sunday morning church service is not an enormous priority; spending time with other believers is.
One of the things I associate with God is a sunrise. How many sunrises have you missed over the years, and God created that?
Christians might say that you can't live a more meaningful life without Jesus. Well, that's absolutely not true. You can. You can enjoy a sunrise whether you know Jesus or not.
I started 'Storyline' after I'd accomplished all my goals and still wasn't happy. I'd become a 'New York Times' bestselling author, which was my goal from high school, and yet I was less happy after accomplishing my goals than I was before.
I think that's the true litmus test for someone who has become closer to Jesus: their heart is more loving, accepting, childlike, less believing that they have all the answers and more believing in Him.
If you have a beautiful story, it has to have conflict. If you don't have conflict, it can't be a good story.
I think understanding your life as a story is a really terrific way of kind of knowing where you are and knowing who you are.
Meaning is something we experience more than we attain. It's like finding a nice, easy current in a river that carries you through life.
One of the things I love about our source text as Christians, the Bible, is that it teaches us not to avoid conflict. And it teaches us that before the fall of man, in Paradise, there was conflict. God wants conflict to be a part of your life.
People are lonely. They want company and your book can provide them company and a little bit of hope. And there's nothing wrong with that.
It confuses me that Christian living is not simpler. The gospel, the very good news, is simple.
Without a positive male role model in your life, it is extremely difficult to become a man who benefits his family and benefits society.
Most of us are waiting. We're waiting for something interesting to happen. And I think we're going to wait forever if we don't do something more interesting with our lives.
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