A Million Miles In A Thousand Years

Some quotes that have been inspiring me lately… from a book by Donald Miller.
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

“The whole point of the story is the character arc. You didn’t think joy could change a person, did you? Joy is what you feel when the conflict is over. But it’s conflict that changes a person.”


“It’s like this with every crossing, and with nearly every story too. You paddle until you no longer believe you can go any farther. And then suddenly, well after you thought it would happen, the other shore starts to grow, and it grows fast. The trees get taller and you can make out the crags in the cliffs, and then the shore reaches out to you, to welcome you home, almost pulling your boat onto the sand.”

“I realized how much of our lives are spent trying to avoid conflict. Half the commercials on television are selling us something to make life easier. Part of me wonders if our stories aren’t being stolen by the easy life.”

“I knew I had fifty more miles to go, and the miles would be, perhaps, the most miserable of my life. But in that place, I remembered about story, about how every conflict, no matter how hard, comes back to bless the protagonist if he will face his fate with courage. There is no conflict man can endure that will not produce a blessing.”

“And that is essentially all God says to Job. God doesn’t explain pain philosophically or even list it’s benefits. God says to Job, Job, I know what I am doing, and his whole thing isn’t about you.”

“Do you think there will be a day when all wrongs will be made right, when our souls find the completion they are looking for? I do. But when all things are made right, it won’t be because of some preacher or snake-oil salesman or politician or writer making promises in a book. I think, instead, this will be done by Jesus. And it will be at a wedding. And there will be a feast.” Revelation 19

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