Saturday, October 2, 2010

My Story

I'm near the end of Donald Miller's book "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years", and it's got me thinking... What kind of story do I want my life to be? The premise of the book is Don's journey to find what he wants his life story to entail, like the stories of movies and books, full of adventure. For those of you who don't know Donald Miller, he's a Generation X-er from Portland, Oregon. So his perspective about life strikes me easily.
I've been thinking of this lately... I've had an exciting couple of years. Moved to Africa. Got married. Working at a British school. Four houses in two years. Change, after change, after change. But recently I've felt like I'm doing nothing beneficial to others, nothing that makes my story special or special to others. I spend my days working (a lot!) with spoiled kids who argue about stupid things while on the other side of the school wall kids are starving in the slum. I come home, we make dinner, I work some more grading papers or planning lessons, I go to sleep, and wake up to do it all again. In between I sometimes hang out with friends, white friends from Western countries and a few African ones. What am I really doing to help others, to create a story that is worth telling, that is worth sharing with the world?

So now I'm trying to think... What would make my story worth telling? I know I want it to be a story where other people are helped, became happier, and feel loved. What does that entail? I don't know. Still asking God to show me a good story.


  1. RE: this and your previous post. I remember feeling in my first year of seminary that I was becoming really cynical and I came to realize that I think it was because I had a desire to do something with my life that actually made a difference to the world, but that I wasn't doing that (I didn't know how to get involved in that). I'm wondering if, when you find a place where you are able to feel as if you are making a difference if that cynicism will subside some.

    Keep plugging away, Kim. You're thinking about these things and that means you're moving in a good direction.

  2. I so agree with Krissi, you are asking the right questions in order to head in the right direction.

    Love and God Bless,