Desire & Conflict
Donald Miller in his book, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” tells us about how the elements that make a good story also make a good life. According to Don the primary elements that make for a good story, and therefore a life worth living, are as follows;
- The character(s) want something
- There is conflict or difficulty in pursuing it
Practically without exception through various experiences when we were young, we learned to avoid one or both of these elements (desire and conflict) like the plague. Somehow we have made Jesus into the sort of person who avoids these elements as well. Nothing could be further from the truth. You can’t honestly read the New Testament and ignore the fact that Jesus was filled with desire and a willingness to face the ultimate conflict/difficulty in His pursuit. We were originally made like Him. Our own personal salvation will undoubtedly involve the recovery of these two elements in our own lives. You can’t escape it. That’s the narrow road.