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Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl: How Do You Like Yourself?

July 8, 2011

I recently watched a really though-provoking DVD called Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl by N.D. Wilson, son of theologian Doug Wilson. In this 50 minute film, Wilson takes a unique angle on why we are here, and what we are here for: art. God is a God of art, and we can see this in a million ways, from the bustling of the ant to the crashing of the waves to the complexity of the leaves on a tree.

Wilson also made this interesting point: we are all characters in the grand novel of life. God is the author and by His speech, we have life. Do you like your character? If you were reading your life as a book, would you like what you see? A lot of times we like to think that we are kinda funny and quirky and we have our idiosyncrasies but that we are pretty likable and nice. But if the story told everything, about your motives, thoughts, etc., would you actually like that person, or would you not? Most of us, if we are honest, wouldn’t like that person. We wouldn’t like ourselves.

So be a better character. How? Follow the way of the Creator; because there is no question, there is a Creator. Do things His way, not yours. Sacrifice, love well, put yourself last, treat others as more important, the list goes on and on. Basically, live like life matters. And your character matters.

Check out the following excerpt from the film:

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