Your Big Vision Might be Killing Your Project: Why You Should Start Thinking Small
Justin Zoradi
By Justin Zoradi

I had lunch with a guy who pitched me on a plan to build 54 orphanages in Africa, one for each country. It was an exciting vision and I loved his passion. But from what I can tell, he hasn’t done any of it. His problem? He was wedded to a massive vision for impact and struggled with the idea of small change over time.

People often make the mistake of trying to do way too much, way too fast. This is your surest road to burnout.

Here’s a tip you’ve already heard before [...]

What is the Story God Sees Happening in the World?
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

I’ve studied story for years now, and there’s a structure to it for sure. It’s not as formulaic as you might think, but there’s a formula that captures the human imagination because it rings true. And it rings true for a reason.

Great story tellers nuance formula the way a jazz musician can nuance chromatic scales. They see between the lines.

That being said, how can we decide what kind of story we are living in? What I mean is, how do we decide, based on who Jesus is, what is good and what is evil in life? Who should we oppose and who should we follow?

Well, strictly looking at Jesus in the gospels, here’s the story [...]

Every Good Story Must Endure Conflict
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

Recently I started reading the New Testament again. My friend Ron Frost recommends reading the Bible all the way through, then reading it again, and then again, until you die. So I am taking his advice. And I’m enjoying it. I didn’t start in Genesis this time, I started in Matthew, and so read the account of the Birth of Christ.

Each time I read the Bible I’m taken aback by how much we dilute the power of its stories with sentimentalism. The story of Noah and his Ark has been reduced to a Children’s story (a God-orchestrated massacre of all humanity) and the story of the Birth of Christ into a regal pageant complete with [...]

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