Waking Up to Life’s Bigness

This is a quick quote from Donald Miller’s A Million Miles In A Thousand Years.  I’ve read a few of his books and always find his writing humorous, clear, insightful, and full of good stories.  He’s one of the people I read to help me see.  He writes and I’m able to see and read the stories in my life after seeing and reading the ones he tells.  If you’re looking for some nonfiction to read, consider him.  I think these words are a gentle nudge to notice or, at least, to pay attention since there may be something worth seeing in our lives that we miss.

We get robbed of the glory of life because we aren’t capable of remembering how we got here.  When you are born, you wake slowly to everything.  Your brain doesn’t stop growing until you turn twenty-six, so from birth to twenty-six, God is slowly turning the lights on, and you’re groggy and pointing at things saying circle and blue and car and then sex and job and health care.  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 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.


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