The Things That Will Make Your Life Meaningful Aren’t Things

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One of my all-time favorite books is A Million Miles in A Thousand Years by Donald Miller. It’s about how to live a better story.

One of the things he talks about is how the pursuit of stuff can hijack our story. Miller says it this way:

Nobody cries at the end of a movie about a guy who wants a Volvo. But we spend years actually living those stories, and expect our lives to feel meaningful. The truth is, if what we choose to do with our lives won’t make a story meaningful, it won’t make a life meaningful either.

Many people attempt to make their lives meaningful by working too much, making money, and acquiring more possessions. But the truth is that none of these pursuits will bring meaning to our lives. And if we’re not careful the pursuit of more will hijack our story.

Your story is too important to waste on stuff. The more possessions and prestige you pursue the less contentment and joy you will experience.

Donald Miller says that we are all designed to live inside a story. I think he’s right.

The great stories are never about possessions, but people. Make your story about the pursuit of helping more people, loving them, bringing joy, and deepening the relationships with the people in your life. Then you will find the meaning, significance, and joy that you were looking for and made for.

Don’t let your stuff hijack your story.

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