By now you know we love Shauna Niequist here at Storyline. She’s an incredible mother, wife, speaker and writer. We love the boldness of her femininity and the beauty of her intense intellect. We’re proud to have her keynote and host the Storyline Conference in Chicago.
I have a confession. I’m given to self pity. I hate it and I don’t want it in my life anymore. It’s costing me. In the past month or so I’ve been studying Richard Nixon. We just passed the 40th anniversary of his impeachment and resignation, so interviews and articles have been floating around the internet. Nixon lived in a bit of an ethical fog. But in my opinion his ethics problems weren’t his primary flaw. His primary flaw was he felt sorry for himself.
At this year’s Storyline Conference, we’ve brought in speakers who tell the truth. You know how it is. So many speakers make us feel like our lives are “less than” rather than works in progress. But what does life really look like for the average person? It turns out we all have more in common than you’d think. But we only realize it when we tell each other the truth.
I’m getting into some debatable vocabulary here, but I want to point out a stark difference between imagination and fantasy. I’m hoping a simple dileniation might help those of you with active imaginations. I’m capable of living almost exclusively in my mind. I can walk and daydream for hours. But some of these daydreams haven’t […]
This year we’ve asked Scott Hamilton to speak from the main stage at Storyline. You probably noticed Scott all over the Sochi Winter Olympics coverage this past winter, but we know him as someone more than an Olympic gold medalist and commentator. We invited Scott because he’s an inspirational husband, father and follower of Jesus. How do you perform in front of billions of people without losing your mind? Talk about pressure. It’s more pressure than you and I could deal with. Or is it?
We read books for different reasons. Sometimes it’s to learn a craft or for a perspective on current events, but the books most people read aren’t approached with a specific ambition at all. What we want most is to not feel alone, to allow somebody to rummage inside our minds and souls and point out all the ways we are alike. And to write this sort of book, you only need to know your own story.
I have a friend named Paul who has set up his automated email signature to read “No Drama.” At first, I thought it was an odd thing to add to every email you send out, but then I realized how much drama we unnecessarily create in life. And it doesn’t serve us, our work or our lives.
I recently had a conversation with somebody in which I doubted what they were saying was true. I hate those conversations, but years ago I promised myself that if the person was a friend, or somebody I worked with, I wouldn’t just walk away. Instead, I decided to say something. I kept it light, but I said enough that I wouldn’t go to bed that night without some clarity. The response I received was a long, passionate monologue about how the person had never told a lie in their life. This person kept using the word integrity.
When I was living in Portland, I decided to go through training to climb Mt. Hood. On one particular day, I was fifty or so flights of stairs into my workout. With only eight weeks of training left, I was having my doubts. I’d not lost the weight I thought I’d lose, to be honest. That happened when I trained to ride my bike across the country, too, and everything turned out fine. And yet I worried.
Jesus said “I do not receive glory from people. I know that you do not have the love of God within you.” If there was ever a statement that invited trust, it’s this one. In a sense, Jesus is saying “I don’t need you to affirm me. I’m not looking to you for any kind of completion. Your association or disassociation do not affect me.” And from there He tells the truth about our condition, and the more wonderful truth about His grace and our own forgotten worth.
I’m no fan of the “there are only two kinds of people” idea but in the realm of being a creator or a consumer, I do believe each one of us leans toward one side or the other. I’ve blogged about it before, but it’s been awhile and I think I have a clearer view of what these poles suggest, and a much better understanding of how learning to live more as a creator and less as a consumer makes us more happy.