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You’re here because you see it. And if it’s still a little fuzzy, that’s ok. You sense it, and that’s even better.

There’s more to this life than just you.

You want the more, and so do I. You want to play a part in a Grand Story. Me too! Maybe you’re a little tired of stock photos plastered on glossy book covers and glass slippers that make your feet sweat. I so get that. Maybe you just want to leave something worthwhile for the next generation, for your people. We are on the same page. We just want our pages to say something.

Here’s the real. The life dream I had at 13 is not where I find myself today. It was a fanciful dream, as most are, one that is curly-cued into diaries and etched into hearts at a tender age. Recurring, romantic notions that show up out of nowhere and leave you breathless for more. Dreams are funny that way. They show up unannounced and begin making demands, and we are more than willing to comply. And then somewhere along the way, life snatches your diary, pries the pen from your fingers, makes a few hideous and terribly insulting marks of its own, rips out the page, wads it up and chews it up and spits it back at you. Life dreams get altered, and, well…spitballs are just so messy.

The good news for us? There’s life after life. Your story may be propped up next to mine – on a different shelf in the Oops! section – but we’re still in the library, and there are crisp, white pages yet to be inscribed upon. The Grand Story never sleeps! If you have breath in your lungs, you’re not finished with yours.

There’s more of you to give to this life.

And so, we begin this journey together. Pick up and smooth out the soggy, wrinkled wad. Tape it back in, because the  story isn’t complete without it. It will come in handy someday. Life will most likely keep the cute pen, but that’s ok. Get a new one and more importantly, get ready. You have a story to tell and a legacy to be lived. Your version. There are brand new curly-ques peeking from the outer edges, waiting for your nod.

You are lovely,

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When I write about what I believe and how I should live, it sounds neat and orderly. When I try to live it out, all hell breaks loose.

– Philip Yancey

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

– C.S. Lewis

We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.

– C.S. Lewis

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