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Life, for most of us, feels like a movie we’ve arrived to twenty minutes late.

Sure, good things happen, sometimes beautiful things. But tragic things happen too. What does it mean? Here we are in the middle of a story that is sometimes wonderful, sometimes awful, and usually a confusing mixture of both. We really have no clue and about how to make sense of it all. We get despondent and start to lose heart.

We need to know the rest of the story – the larger story.

Travers-Cascade Track in Nelson Lakes National Park
               Travers-Cascade Track in Nelson Lakes National Park

We were all born into the midst of a great story begun before the dawn of time. A story of adventure, of risk and loss, heroism and betrayal. A story where good is warring against evil, danger lurks around every corner, and glorious deeds wait to be done. Think of all those stories you’ve ever loved—there’s a reason they stirred your heart. They’ve been trying to tell you about the true Epic ever since you were young.

There is a larger story And you have a crucial role to play.

So what is our response. Which story do we choose to live in? Mark Twain, the great writer reflected on the stories we live in.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

May you this week remember some of the fleeting images and memories that lead you to the larger story. May you remember that the mundane, the routine, and the usual all exist to lift our eyes and remind us that we are all caught up in something epic and exciting – the greatest story of all time. You are invited to this story and write your chapter. What will your story be?

The Inside Story

Explore the valleys
I have made
And you will find me
Deep within the forest glade

Dream your future
I planned for you
And you will find me
In your heart that’s true

Discover the frontier
Beyond boundaries you know
And I will find you
In the places you’ll go

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