Donald Miller on Vocation
September 26th, 2013 | John Chandler
From a recent interview with author Donald Miller:
“I’m amazed that people I visit in prison who embezzled money all have something in common. They didn’t have a guiding vision for their lives. They lived in the moment. They reacted in the moment. They were unwilling to sacrifice for the sake of a longer narrative, and it got them into trouble. The more we can teach people to think in stories, the better off we are…
Do we have complete control? No….But we have a lot of it…We’re handed the pen and we get to write whatever kind of story we want. We are programmed from an early age to defer our responsibility onto others….But when you start looking for a solution rather than being the solution, you’re not taking full ownership of your story. Just do something. It’s not very complicated.”
This is what we mean when we say that we want Austin Mustard Seed to be a community that is marked by Story and celebrates Vocation.