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Donald Miller
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When something happens to you, you have two choices in how to deal with it. You can either get bitter, or get better. Donald Miller
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It occurs to me it is not so much the aim of the devil to lure me with evil as it is to preoccupy me with the meaningless. Donald Miller
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If we knew how much God loved us and was for us, we'd talk to Him all day long. Donald Miller
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I will love you like God, because of God, mighted by the power of God. I will stop expecting your love, demanding your love, trading for your love, gaming for your love. I will simply love. I am giving myself to you, and tomorrow I will do it again. I suppose the clock itself will wear thin its time before I am ended at this altar of dying and dying again. God risked Himself on me. I will risk myself on you. And together, we will learn to love, and perhaps then, and only then, understand this gravity that drew Him, unto us. Donald Miller
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All relationships are living and alive and moving and becoming something. Donald Miller
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I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn't resolve. But I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes. Donald Miller
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Good writers show rather than tell. Stories are told in action. Life stories are no different. Donald Miller
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I think writers would do better to consider that idea [to write to yourself], because you know yourself really well, and you never know your demographic fully. You only get into trouble if you try to please somebody you don't really understand. Donald Miller
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The people I used to be surrounded by are getting along without me. Somehow, that really bugs me. Donald Miller
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There are things you cannot understand, and you must learn to live with this. Not only must you learn to live with this, you must learn to enjoy this. Donald Miller
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I fell in love with books. Some people find beauty in music, some in painting, some in landscape, but I find it in words. By beauty, I mean the feeling you have suddenly glimpsed another world, or looked into a portal that reveals a kind of magic or romance out of which the world has been constructed, a feeling there is something more than the mundane, and a reason for our plodding. Donald Miller
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Sometimes I wish I could go back in time, sit down with myself and explain that things were going to be okay, that everybody loses ground sometimes and it doesn't mean anything. It's the way life works. This is hard to understand in the moment. You get to thinking about the girl who rejected you, the job you got fired from, the test you failed, and you lose sight of the big picture - the fact that life has a beautiful way of remaking itself every few weeks. Donald Miller
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If I have a hope, it's that God sat over the dark nothing and wrote you and me, specifically, into the story and put us in with the sunset and the rainstorm as though to say, "Enjoy your place in my story. The beauty of it means you matter, and you can create within it even as I have created you." Donald Miller
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And through a dark night of the soul, I came to realize that salvation happens through a mysterious, indefinable, relational interaction with Jesus in which we become one with Him. I realized Christian conversion worked more like falling in love than understanding a series of concepts of ideas. This is not to say there are no true ideas, it is only to say there is something else, something beyond. Donald Miller
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Telling the truth is the slow, mundane, difficult route to a meaningful life. Anything else is cheating. Donald Miller
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All the trees are losing their leaves, and not one of them is worried. Donald Miller
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In the age of information, ignorance is a choice. Donald Miller
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God made a whole beautiful earth and decided to put you in it, to experience all of this beauty. You can't do that watching television all the time. Donald Miller
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Today I wonder why it is God refers to Himself as 'Father' at all. This, to me, in light of the earthly representation of the role, seems a marketing mistake. Donald Miller
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I want to start replacing my "fix" response with an "enjoy" response and just let people be themselves. Donald Miller
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Every creative person, and I think probably every other person, faces resistance when they are trying to create something good...The harder the resistance, the more important the task must be. Donald Miller
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Every day you live is a page. Every year, a chapter. Your life, a book. What is it about? Donald Miller
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I'm the kind of person who wants to present my most honest, authentic self to the world, so I hide backstage and rehearse honest and authentic lines until the curtain opens. Donald Miller
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If I use the Bible to prove I am right, I have yet to be humbled by the beautiful truths of the Bible. Donald Miller
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I do not believe a person can take two issues from Scripture, those being abortion and gay marriage, and adhere to them as sins, then neglect much of the rest and call himself a fundamentalist or even a conservative. The person who believes the sum of his morality involves gay marriage and abortion alone, and neglects health care and world trade and the environment and loving his neighbor and feeding the poor is, by definition, a theological liberal, because he takes what he wants from Scripture and ignores the rest. Donald Miller
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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. Donald Miller
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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. Donald Miller
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I didnt like being reminded about how self-absorbed i was. I wanted to be over this, done with this. I didnt want to live in a broken world or a broken me. I wasnt trying to weasel out of anything. I just wasnt in the mood of being on the earth that night. I get like that sometimes when it rains, or when i see certain sad movies. Donald Miller
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No, life cannot be understood flat on a page. It has to be lived; a person has to get out of his head, has to fall in love, has to memorize poems, has to jump off bridges into rivers, has to stand in an empty desert and whisper sonnets under his breath... We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn't it?" -Donald Miller,Through Painted Deserts Donald Miller
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I didn't know how story worked. So, when writing the screenplay, people introduced me to the science of it. And I'm grateful. I'll probably use that information for the rest of my career, in terms of writing novels or writing stories. And then, of course, to help me live a better story, a more meaningful story Donald Miller
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And there is something profoundly humbling about knowing God. I'm not talking about the trinket God or the genie-in-a-lamp God. I mean the God who invented the tree in my front yard, the beauty of my sweetheart, the taste of a blueberry, the violence of a river at flood. There are a lot of religious trends that would have us controlling God, telling us that if we do this that and the other, God will jump through our hoops like a monkey. But this other God, this real God, is awesome and strong, all-encompassing and passionate, and for reasons I will never understand, he wants to father us. Donald Miller
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Other people keep our souls alive, just like food and water does with our body. Donald Miller
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What I believe is not what I say I believe; what I believe is what I do. Donald Miller
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Many of our attempts to understand Christian faith have only cheapened it. I can no more understand the totality of God than the pancake I made for breakfast understands the complexity of me. The little we do understand, that grain of sand our minds are capable of grasping, those ideas such as God is good, God feels, God loves, God knows all, are enough to keep our hearts dwelling on His majesty and otherness forever. Donald Miller
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Here's the truth about telling stories with your life. It's going to sound like a great idea, and you're going to get excited about it, and then when it comes time to do the work, you're not going to want to do it. It's like that with writing books, and it's like that with life. People love to have lived a great story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen. But joy costs pain. Donald Miller
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I loved the fact that it wasn't my responsibility to change somebody, that it was God's, that my part was just to communicate love and approval. Donald Miller
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In an age in which we can project an image and score that image based on immediate Facebook and Twitter feedback, thus making a video game of life and a false-reality composed of lies, what gets lost is a joyful obsession with the work we create from the purest of motives, a sheer joy in the act of creation itself that causes us to lose ourselves in something else, and in a way die to ourselves over the absolute love of a thing we are breathing into life. Donald Miller
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Our lives have a countdown clock that we can't see. Mine reminds me to only do work that matters. Donald Miller
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He thought about the story his daughter was living and the role she was playing inside that story. He realized he hadn't provided a better role for his daughter. He hadn't mapped out a story for his family. And so his daughter had chosen another story, a story in which she was wanted, even if she was only being used. In the absence of a family story, she'd chosen a story in which there was risk and adventure, rebellion and independence. Donald Miller
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I think this is when most people give up on their stories. They come out of college wanting to change the world, wanting to get married, wanting to have kids and change the way people buy office supplies. But they get into the middle and discover it was harder than they thought. They can't see the distant shore anymore, and they wonder if their paddling is moving them forward. None of the trees behind them are getting smaller and none of the trees ahead are getting bigger. They take it out on their spouses, and they go looking for an easier story. Donald Miller
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Of his new book, Don says: "It might be the greatest book ever written. I do' think anybody is going to read a book again after they read my new one. I think God is proud of me. I am going to make a killing off this thing and I'm going to use the money to go to space. Donald Miller
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Everybody has to leave, everybody has to leave their home and come back so they can love it again for all new reasons. Donald Miller
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It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen. Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but life is on a stroll. This is how God does things. Donald Miller
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Imagine, a Being with a mind as great as God's, with feet like trees and a voice like rushing wind, telling you that you are His cherished creation. Donald Miller
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If the point of life is the same as the point of a story, the point of life is character transformation. If I got any comfort as I set out on my first story, it was that in nearly every story, the protagonist is transformed. He's a jerk at the beginning and nice at the end, or a coward at the beginning and brave at the end. If the character doesn't change, the story hasn't happened yet. And if story is derived from real life, if story is just condensed version of life then life itself may be designed to change us so that we evolve from one kind of person to another. Donald Miller
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What I'm saying is I think life is staggering and we're just used to it. We all are like spoiled children no longer impressed with the gifts we're given-it's just another sunset, just another rainstorm moving in over the mountain, just another child being born, just another funeral. Donald Miller
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The truth is, if what we choose to do with our lives won't make a story meaningful, it won't make a life meaningful either. Donald Miller
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Most great art is created when the artist feels they are channeling something rather than trying to communicate something. Donald Miller
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Some people skip through life. Others are dragged through it. I sometimes wonder if we are moving through time, or whether time is moving through us. Light, unlike anything else in the universe is not effected by time. Light exists outside of time.. It is still a mystery to physicists. Donald Miller
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But playing your music as loud as you want and coming home drunk aren't real life. Real life, it turns out, is diapers and lawnmowers, decks that need painting, a wife that needs to be listened to, kids that need to be taught right from wrong, a checkbook, an oil change, a sunset behind a mountain, laughter at a kitchen table, too much wine, a chipped tooth, and a screaming child. Donald Miller
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No love is conditional. If love is conditional, it's just some sort of manipulation masquerading as love. Donald Miller
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I think life is staggering and we're just too used to it. Donald Miller
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The thing about being irresponsible is it's only cute till you are about twenty-two or so, then it becomes a liability. One day you wake up under a pizza box, the television blaring in your bedroom, the laundry piled up over what might be a bedside table, and you ask yourself: 'How did my life get like this? Why don't people like me? Didn't I have a cat and what is that smell?' Donald Miller
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God doesn't give us crying, pooping children because he wants to advance our careers. Donald Miller
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Meaningful stories have lots and lots of conflict. If we avoid conflict, our stories won't be meaningful. Donald Miller
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I heard once that real love doesn't ask what is in it for me; it just gives unconditionally. It just tries to take the weight out of somebody else's pack, lessen his load, and if it gets reciprocated, that's great, but that isn't what you did it for. Donald Miller
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I believe the greatest trick of the devil is not to get us into some sort of evil but rather have us wasting time. This is why the devil tries so hard to get Christians to be religious. If he can sink a man's mind into habit, he will prevent his heart from engaging God. I was into habit. Donald Miller
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When you live on your own for a long time, however, your personality changes because you go so much into yourself you lose the ability to be social, to understand what is and isn't normal behavior. There is an entire world inside yourself, and if you let yourself, you can get so deep inside it you will forget the way to the surface. Other people keep our souls alive, just like food and water does with our body. Donald Miller
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If you have a beautiful story, it has to have conflict. If you don't have conflict, it can't be a good story. Donald Miller
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It confuses me that Christian living is not simpler. The gospel, the very good news, is simple. Donald Miller
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Without a positive male role model in your life, it is extremely difficult to become a man who benefits his family and benefits society. Donald Miller
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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. Donald Miller
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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. Donald Miller
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I'm not a pastor; I've never been on staff at a church. Donald Miller
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Be encouraged. Your heart is writing a poem on the world and it's being turned into a thousand songs. Donald Miller
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I don't know why it is, exactly, but the people with the healthiest self-esteem, are also the greatest at intimacy. I'm not talking about arrogant people. I'm talking about people who know they are both good and bad yet believe at the deepest level they are really good for people. Donald Miller
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I think our society puts too much pressure on romantic love, and that is why so many romances fail. Romance can't possibly carry all that we want it to. Donald Miller
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And when you find love, or when you are mature enough to understand it, the feeling you get is gratitude. Donald Miller
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Half the time I don't know what I'm trying to say. Donald Miller
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I think writers can get a little melodramatic sometimes about their work, and it helps me not to do that, to just say, "Well, this is how I make a living, and I need to become a very good craftsman." Donald Miller
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