Last night I had the opportunity to hear from national best selling author Donald Miller at the Hope Center for Kids gala. His presentation was a God-wink from Heaven. The term God-wink became popular in 2002 thanks to a book called, “When God Winks.” It is basically what some people would call a coincidence or a moment of certainty. I knew this was a God-wink because what he was sharing helped me tie together the story I had planned to share on Brave Avenue today.
Donald Miller spoke eloquently on how we have the choice to wake up everyday and write the story that we want to live. He likened our lives to the process of writing a movie. Movie writing is basically a recycled story-line that can be told with four different perspectives.
- Victim- this character does not change or evolve, their part is very small and not memorable.
- Villain- villains are characters who do not process their pain and as a result they are constantly seeking revenge on the people who hurt them.
- Hero- this character is usually broken, filled with self-doubt, and not sure if they can get the job done. They also learn from their pain.
- Guide -this is the most important role! This character has already won the challenge and their mission is to help others transition from victim to hero to guide.
As I reflected on Donald’s talk, I thought of my kids favorite character from the movie, “Home.” It is a little alien named OH. In the movie you get to see how OH was taught to not care for others and to run away from danger. Essentially, he lives like a victim until he meets a brave little girl named, Gratuity Tucci. I have watched this movie a trillion times yet I always cry when OH has an ‘ah ha’ moment about his life and chooses to do something that instantly changes his story.
…..he runs towards the danger.
When you choose to run towards danger (emotional pain, tragedy, uncomfortable situations, etc., you are showing your willingness to confront pain or situations head on. This takes a great deal of risk, but the good waiting on the other side of the pain is worth defending the process. When you look back months, weeks, even years you will see that the pressure from enduring the process was so small in comparison to what you actually received. This is something God continues to show me through the healing process of my miscarriage. I am in awe to still be learning so much from the experience months later. God knew losing my baby would hurt me, but He has been so faithful to me in the process as I intentionally run towards the danger (pain). I know that as I continue running, I will be able to help other women who endure the same pain.
As we go into the last quarter of this year, I encourage you think about the story you are writing for your life. Do you want people to know you as a victim or someone who sees the setup for their pain as a way to help others rise up? I am choosing to be a guide in my story!
What story are you writing for your life today-are you the victim, the villain, hero or the guide?