Friday, December 18, 2009

thoughts on movement

"And so my prayer is that your story will have involved some leaving and some coming home, some summer and some winter, some roses blooming out like children in play. My hope is your story will be about changing, about getting something beautiful born inside of you, about learning to love, about moving yourself around water, around mountains, around friends, about learning to love others more than we love ourselves, about learning oneness as a way of understanding God. We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn't it?

It might be time for you to go. It might be time to change, to shine out.

I want to repeat one word for you: Leave.

Roll the word around on your tongue for a bit. It is a beautiful word isn't it? So strong and forceful, the way you have always wanted it to be. And you will not be alone. You have never been alone. Don't worry. Everything will still be here when you get back. It is you who will have changed."
- Donald Miller

Thanks, Sarah Rhoads, for sharing this. I can't eloquently explain right now why this touched me so much today when I read it, but trust me when I say it's important, and not just for me.

For a couple of years now I have had this expression that rolls around in my brain at random (or perhaps extremely pertinent) moments:

You were created to move, so move.

We can't get anything done if we just stand still. We certainly can't accomplish our purpose if we never work. And we'll never get anywhere in life if we don't start walking.

Maybe someone else who sees this needs that encouragement to start moving; to leave; to explore. Maybe it's only me. But I encourage you to walk anyway.

" will not be alone. You have never been alone."

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