I’m very excited about seeing a film that comes out for one time showing on May 19th. This a film called “A Story Worth Living” which follows a motorcycle adventure through the back country of Colorado with John Eldredge and his three sons, Luke, Sam, and Blaine, counselor and author, Dr. Dan Allender, and producer Jon Dale. These six men gathered together gear and motorcycles to set off on an adventure last summer that they had dreamed about, but had never done before. I remember seeing their posts about it and the emails looking for sponsors and equipment for the trip. I was definitely excited to learn about and it’s pretty cool that they are putting it out on film. You can learn more about it at astoryfilm.com. The trailer is also at the end of this post.
The anticipation of this film has had me really thinking of my story. In the trailer, John Eldredge opens by saying, “The human heart is made for an epic story…and when we give up looking for that story, we give up living.” Those words alone were enough to make me think. God has created each one of us to live out our own unique story in a way that glorifies Him. The problem that so many of us face is that this life is so full of demands, so full of chaos that we give up on that story. We give up seeking what really drives us, seeking what God created us for, give up living out the original assignment He implanted in each and every one of us.
For years, I didn’t think there was anything too special about my own story. I married young…okay. We had 3 children by the time we were 23…fine. Otherwise, I was just a working husband and father trying my best to prove doubters wrong and make it by providing for my family and building a successful career, no matter where the career went. I lived a life of routine and never bothered to really push the envelope any, looking for some new adventure. I was content and didn’t know any better. Little did I know, that I was also slowly dying inside. Love my wife and children always, but I never knew what it meant to truly live out of the story that God placed me it and seek Him through real living. I had not relationship with God whatsoever. He, however, shook me though and shook me good.
“The human heart is made for an epic story…” What do you think this epic story is? For each one of us it is different. God has placed a story in our own lives that all fit into His larger epic story. That is the real story we live in. In The Sacred Romance, John Eldredge and Brent Curtis wrote, “We call the final week of our Savior’s life his Passion Week. Look at the depth of his desire, the fire in his soul. Consumed with passion, he clears the temple of the charlatans who have turned his Father’s house into a swap meet (Matt. 21:12).” Jesus lived from desire. Desire to seek out and do the Father’s will for his life. That’s the desire placed in each of us and it takes us on different paths and in different directions.
As Eldredge said, however, “When we give up looking for that story, we give up living.” In his book Desire, Eldredge also writes, “There is a secret set within each of our hearts. It is the desire for life as it was meant to be.” For many people, the concept of desire seems dangerous and selfish. They associate it with many of the false desires that are placed in our heart through our false self and our sin nature. That’s not the desire and story I am talking about.
Living from real God driven desire and living out the story He placed in us is dangerous. It’s rebellious and goes against everything that this world says you should do. It does not follow the script of the latest trends or what the big celebrities are doing. Real desire and living out our real story involves walking in dangerous and close proximity to Jesus. It means a life of adventure and real living that spends each day seeking to be restored in Christ and seeking to walk closer with Him.
Living out my story and seeking the real desires that God placed on my heart, caused a complete shift in my entire life. It took me on a wild and radical trip out west where I truly met the Father and was never the same. It’s putting me back into the college system to seek out true God style teaching so that I am now equipped to counsel and minister to people in a way that brings out real God style transformation in them through Christ. It is taking me on a new adventure to drive back west next month for another deep encounter with God. It has truly become a story worth living that is now unscripted and follows where God leads me.
My life has truly become a story worth living. It’s not without its pains as there are days when I feel like just shutting down and feel overwhelmed. But unlike before, I know I am right where the Lord has been leading me all along, I was just running away to Tarshish like Jonah trying to hide from God. When I gave it all to Him though…completely surrendering every part of my life, I learned what real living was, finally. It was only about Him from here on out. That, my friends, is truly a story worth living, when you live with a desire to seek Him and and walk with Him every day. That’s where the abundant life is to be found; in real relationship with the Lord.
“The glory of God is a man fully alive, and the life of a man consists in beholding God” – Chuck Swindoll