Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Captain Planet, He-man – these are likely childhood superheroes.
My childhood superheroINE was Matilda:
SHE was a child prodigy, read hundreds of books and used her psychokinetic powers to torture the likes of Miss Trunchbull and her inane parents. I would have loved to be her. I am certain I have read this book at least ten times.
This past weekend I was fortunate to hear from two real-life heroes: author of NYT Bestseller Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller, and President of World Vision USA and author of The Hole in Our Gospel, Richard Stearns.
A few take-aways from this weekend:
(from Donald Miller’s talk)
- Narrative structure (in its simplest form): A story involves a character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it.
- A great story depends on what it is that the character wants (i.e. If what the protagonist wants is to drive a Benz and has to work long hard hours to get it, you do not have the elements of a great story; yet – this is the story that many Americans are currently living).
- Are you living a great story?
- Conflict causes character development.
- When God calls us to do something BIG or to a greater story, we inevitably feel FEAR. What if I FAIL? What if people laugh? And lastly – Why ME?
- Miller’s own story led him to start The Mentoring Project.
(from Rich Stearns’ Q&A)
- Poverty is not statistical, it’s personal.
- Poverty has a name and a face. You can do something about it.
- Sponsorship/financial gifts are not “transactions” but can be a matter of life and death.
- God calls us to give everything.
I suppose growth means that I have decided to use my psychokinetic powers for good instead of evil. God help me.