Staggering Story

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July 9, 2010 by jbrettjacobsen

“The experience is so slow you could easily come to believe life isn’t that big of a deal, that life isn’t staggering.  What I’m saying is I think life is staggering and we’re just used to it.  We 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…I’ve wondered, though, if one of the reasons we fail to acknowledge the brilliance of life is because we don’t want the responsibility inherent in the acknowledgement.  We don’t want to be characters in a story because characters have to move and breathe and face conflict with courage.   And if life isn’t remarkable, then we don’t have to do any of that; we can be unwilling victims rather than grateful participants.”

Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

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Dr. Brett Jacobsen

Head of School
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
Atlanta, GA
bjacobsen@mountvernonschool.org
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