This week I was thumbing through a key book God used to push me over the edge to plant Mission Church. I'll never forget reading this book back in the fall of 2009. It was as if every page was directed to me, it was as if every chapter pushed me further and further out of "the boat" of comfort and safety. As I looked through the numerous marked up pages this week, I was reminded of how key an "inciting incident" is to the development of a character within a story worth reading. The protagonist MUST walk through the door in which he or she will never return the same. They leave the job, they say "I Do", they walk across the street to say hello to a neighbor, they choose purity while all their friends seem to do otherwise, they burn a plow or raise a white flag. Without an "inciting incident" a character never transforms, a cross is never embraced, a net is never released, a giant is never slain. This is what Robert McKee taught Donald Miller as he discovered why his life was telling a boring story. So.....
How about your life? What kind of story is YOUR LIFE telling? Do people lean in to listen...is there intrigue....is it filled with risk, sacrifice or tension?
There is not one life on planet earth that is an empty page. Every life tells a story. Every life communicates something...the question is what is your life communicating? What story is your life telling?
Below is an excerpt from this book I highly recommend you read as WE , Mission Church, commit to live GREATER lives and GREATER stories that reflect the GREAT God who calls us out of the boat and away from the fields of predictability and monotony. Enjoy.
“Robert McKee says humans naturally seek comfort and stability. Without an inciting incident that disrupts their comfort, they won’t enter into a story. They have to get fired from their job or be forced to sign up for a marathon. A ring has to be purchased. A home has to be sold. The character has to jump into the story, into the discomfort and the fear, otherwise the story will never happen.” -Donald Miller , A Million Miles in a Thousand Years