Living It Forward By Writing Good Stories

Live It Forward means…

Living intentionally and proactively.

Causing life to happen FOR you instead of just letting life happen TO you.

Determining what you want to be said about you at your funeral and then living in such a way that those words become your reality.

Writing and then living the script of your life. (Remember, what we believe in is evidenced by the steps we take, not just by the words we say.)

Putting Something on the Page

With these Live It Forward thoughts in mind, it’s easy to see why these words from Donald Miller’s book A Million Miles In A Thousand Years jumped off the page and into my heart…

“You’re writing another book about yourself?” Jordan asked. He was sitting at the counter in the kitchen eating a bowl of cereal. He had his laptop open and was choosing the starting lineup for his college fantasy basketball team. He’d been playing the game for a year and finally had a division one team. He said he was going to start his best defense because defense wins championships.

“I’m not writing a book. I’m not talking about a book. I’m talking about me. I don’t think I’m telling a good story.”

Live It Forward - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years“I think you tell good stories. Lots of people think so.”

“I tell good stories in books. I don’t live good stories.”

Jordan poured more milk in his cereal. He was looking at me while pouring the milk. He was squinting his eyes a little and furrowing his brow. He stopped pouring the milk. He kept looking at me for ten seconds or more, like he was studying me. 

“You’re right,” he finally said. “You aren’t living a good story.”

“That’s what I was saying.”

“I see,” he said.

“What do I do about that?”

“You’re a writer. You know what to do.”

“No, I don’t.”

Jordan looked at me with his furrowed brow again. “You put something on the page,” he said. “Your life is a blank page. You write on it.”

I love this! It’s so simple, yet so profound. You and I can live it forward by writing a good story on the blank page of our lives. This is how we move from DREAM to DO.

Questions: What story are you writing on the blank page of your life? Is it a live it forward story?


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  1. Randell Mark on August 28, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Kent, Thanks for bringing “A Million Miles In A Thousand Years” back to my mind, that was one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. Donald truly brings to life what it means to write our own story and actually live life instead of just watching it roll past.

    All of us really do start with a blank page, and it’s up to each of us to write the story we want to live, and when life seems to scribble on our page, our reaction is what makes all the difference in our outcome. (something about E+R=O)

    Thanks for sharing

    • Kent Julian on August 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

      E+R=O…absolutely a way to live it forward and write a good story with your life! Thanks for sharing, Randell.

  2. Joe Lalonde on August 29, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Through books like A Million Miles In A Thousand Years and Love Does, I’m coming to realize the truth in what you said. I’ve begun to take some steps towards that…

    I’m reaching out and trying to connect with locals to form a group to encourage us to take risks to live better and change the world.

    • Kent Julian on August 29, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Sounds like a “live it forward” plan, Joe!

    • Dan Black on August 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      That’s great Joe!

  3. Ngina Otiende on August 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I’ll keep moving forward 🙂 There are a couple of distractions right now. And the best way to handle them for now is to just keep a forward march, especially mentally 🙂
    Great reminder

    • Kent Julian on August 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Good job, Ngina!

  4. Jon M on August 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    This book, along with Blue Like Jazz, deliver such a powerful message on how to live life fully. It is about living life as a story. My goal – Mix in the right characters, build a real life community to ensure we are living the right story in our lives.

    I am excited to read Donald Miller’s new book coming out real soon. Thanks, Kent!


    • Kent Julian on August 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      You’re welcome, Jon. And you’re right, Donald Miller stuff is so good. Makes me think and reflect big-time.

  5. Dan Black on August 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I’m reading Blue Like Jazz and love the book. I’m going to make it a point to influence and add value to others this and every week of my life.

    • Kent Julian on September 26, 2012 at 7:40 am

      Outstanding plan, Dan! That’s what life is all about…adding value to others.