Words matter. These are the best Donald Miller Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
I think understanding your life as a story is a really terrific way of kind of knowing where you are and knowing who you are.
I think that’s the true litmus test for someone who has become closer to Jesus: their heart is more loving, accepting, childlike, less believing that they have all the answers and more believing in Him.
The reason I like writing a memoir is because it isn’t preachy.
There’s no authoritarian structure at Reed College, but the education is conservative. So what you have is a lot of students who are very authentically looking for truth.
I’m not a pastor; I’ve never been on staff at a church.
Every human being is searching for a deep sense of meaning, and yet we’re all chasing success. We’ve confused one for the other.
I tend to write first drafts that are incredibly cognitive, very rational, very boring. They come off as justification. Like, ‘This is my idea and here’s all the reasons that it’s right.’ It doesn’t make for very compelling reading.
Most of us are waiting. We’re waiting for something interesting to happen. And I think we’re going to wait forever if we don’t do something more interesting with our lives.
Sunday morning church service is not an enormous priority; spending time with other believers is.
Life is a story. You and I are telling stories; they may suck, but we are telling stories. And we tell stories about the things that we want. So you go through your bank account, and those are things you have told stories about.
We don’t naturally want to take responsibility for our lives. We want to give the responsibility to someone else. We blame them when our lives aren’t good.
I think it’s very hard for us, for Christians, to understand that it’s okay to read a book, for instance, on how to manage your time. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Christians might say that you can’t live a more meaningful life without Jesus. Well, that’s absolutely not true. You can. You can enjoy a sunrise whether you know Jesus or not.
I love writing books – I really do. If I could just quit everything and work on a book every day, I would love that most.
I think, in the grand epic, Jesus is the hero of our stories. And our stories, as they were, are subplots in a grand epic and our job is not to be the hero of any story. Our job is to be a saint in a story that he is telling.
The most important thing that happens within Christian spirituality is when a person falls in love with Jesus.
I used to write when I was in the mood or felt inspired. Anymore, I write whether I feel inspired or not. It’s a discipline. So that’s definitely different. It’s part of maturing as a person and as a professional.
One of the things I associate with God is a sunrise. How many sunrises have you missed over the years, and God created that?
If you have a beautiful story, it has to have conflict. If you don’t have conflict, it can’t be a good story.