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My thanks to everyone who’s praying for Lisa. It’s a frustrating, odd place for her to be as a wife and a mom–where she has to rely on others to get quotidian activities accomplished. And as much as this alone frustrates her, I’m certain that the pain all but pushes it from her mind.

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randomlychad  —  June 30, 2011 — 7 Comments


Today, I would just like to say:


Thank-you to everyone who’s ever read, or commented, on this blog. You folks make it easy for me to keep coming back with more.

Thank-you to everyone who’s challenged me to go deeper, work harder, write more compelling content.

Thank you to all my off, and online, friends for being my friends, for giving of yourselves, for making me a part of your worlds.

Thank-you to everyone who took the time today to wish me a happy birthday! Means a lot!

Thank-you to my beautiful wife, Lisa, for being my best friend, companion, lover, encourager, inciter… The best woman a man could have as wife. Thank-you for the best (nearly) 21 years of my life.

Thanks most of all to my Lord, Jesus, without Whom I wouldn’t be.


And thanks for reading! What are you thankful for today?

>Donald Millerphoto © 2006 Jaci Gresham | more info (via: Wylio)

Confession: I wasn’t really aware of Donald Miller, or his work, until early last year (perhaps late ’09). But when I became aware, I plowed in with a vengeance. I wrote of the impact Blue Like Jazz had on me in How ‘Blue Like Jazz’ Saved Me. I whizzed through Through Painted Deserts, the audio version of Searching for God Knows What, and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. Of the latter three, I would say that ‘Milion Miles’ had the profoundest impact on me. Its message was simple, yet profound in its implication: life is not something to be gotten through, but lived. And one cannot truly live without being intentional. (So great was the book’s impact, I grabbed my son on a Sunday morning and drove forty-one miles to a church in Gilbert, AZ to hear Mr. Miller deliver a guest message. After the service, we got to meet him, and I got my copy of ‘Million Miles’ autographed).

Insofar as my life was concerned, so much of it–including my career–was just something I’d fallen into. Mr. Miller’s book was a clarion call to me to live purposefully, with intention. What did I want from my life, and how would I get there? And how would I get there while maintaining the understanding that I’m not the central character in my story (God is)?

One of things I always wanted to do (one of the purposes for which I felt I was put on this planet) was write–so I earnestly began blogging here. In fact, because of Donald Miller, I was able to break free of a nearly eighteen-month slump in which I wrote nary a word.

So grateful was I for this, that when the Save Blue Like Jazz campaign reached 4,000 donors, I gave away my signed copy of ‘Million Miles’ to a poor college student in Kansas. I did it because I felt like I needed to give back, or “pay it forward,” somehow.

So it is with a profound sense of gratitude that I am happy to help Donald promote the paperback release of A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.

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What story are you telling? from Rhetorik Creative on Vimeo.

What has the work of Donald Miller meant to you?