Tell Your Story

1.2.16 – Tell Your Story       

Two blogs in two days is quite an accomplishment for me! I have heard from many writers that good writers write every day. I have no intentions of writing a blog every day per say, but one thing is for sure, I do intend to be actively engaged in the my story in 2016. Do you?

Whether it is through writing messages to my wife, songs, sermons, books, blogs or journal entries, this year I am going to try to be more intentional every day. Every day that we are given is a gift and we should respond accordingly. That is what a thankful life looks like.        

I have heard Dave Ramsey on many occasions say, "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result." I don't know about you friend, I want my life to count. Many times in my journey I have felt stuck, but truthfully most of the time I steered myself into a ditch.      

In my blog yesterday I talked about writing out and praying through my vision/goals for 2016. One of my intellectual goals is to read through and complete at least 24 books this year. 2 years ago I set a goal to read 12 and I finished with 15. Last year I started reading a ton, but because of distractions or bad book choices, I did not finish 1 full book. I don't want to settle.       

Somewhere along the line I started to collect pdf eBooks. Some came through blogs I signed up for, or from responding to a social media post that intrigued me. Nonetheless, my iPad has several very interesting books waiting to be read. Today I am happy to say I completed my first short book of the year. The book is "How To Tell A Story" by Donald Miller.      

I have heard him talk about the power of story on many podcast that I listen too. It makes sense that he would talk and write about story because he is a writer, but his thoughts on story are challenging me in a surprising way. 

The book is pretty short, so I encourage you to look it up and read it for yourself, but I wanted to share how he ends the book. Donald Miller shares the power of story and he shares about the affect that good stories have on our life. Then he closes with a quote that I am going to finish this blog post with.        

Friend, it is only the 2nd day of 2016 but I want to encourage you to not sit idly by while time passes. Get engaged! Be intentional! Do something with the life that you have been blessed with! The world needs what you have to bring to the table. Tell your story.        

“Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully but write boldly. Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the world.” -Robert McKee  

Be encouraged! 

-jimmy akers           

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