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.

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