N.D. Wilson is one of the most creative writers that I have had the privilege to read. His mastery of vocabulary and story-telling ability are an absolute pleasure. As I read this book, I was often swept away into the places he described, learning the lessons that he was teaching.
Death by Living is reminder for some, a revelation for others, that we are both “tiny and massive.” We often tend to think of ourselves as the main actor on center stage when in fact we are but one of a multitude of supporting actors. And despite our insignificance, we have meaning and value because we have been created by the Author.
Wilson says it like this:
We are nothing more than molded clay given breath, but we are nothing less than divine self-portraits, huffing and puffing along mountain ranges of epic narrative arcs prepared for us by the Infinite Word Himself. Swell with pride and gratitude, for you are tiny and given much. You are as spoken by God as the stars. You stand in history with stories stretch in out both behind and before. We should want to live our chapters well, but doing so requires that we know the chapters that led up to us in our time and our moment; it requires that we open our eyes and consciously begin to shape those chapters that are coming after.
Life is a story. We will contribute to the story regardless of how we live. But how?
Hopefully by living for others. By dying to self. By giving rather than hoarding. By making memories for those who come after us and savoring the moments. By living ever moment in gratitude that the Author has both loved us and redeemed us, and has given so much that we can’t possibly hope to count it all.
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