tattoos, donald miller, & stories


I read Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller about 5 years ago. I was 19, trying to figure out my faith and what I believed. I didn't know at the time how much I would fall in love with Donald Miller's writing, and how much his ideas would help me to form my own.

Fast forward a few years and I picked up A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. Two movie producers had approached Don about turning his memoir, Blue Like Jazz, into a movie and Don ended up writing A Million Miles, recounting the experience. Donald writes about what it takes to tell a better story, to live a better story. At the time I read this book, I was in a very confusing stage in my life. I had no idea what I was supposed to do with my life, I was depressed and lonely, I didn't know where I belonged. I came across a section in this book that really influenced the way I viewed my own life, and it has stayed with me ever since:

"I like the part of the Bible that talks about God speaking the world into existence, as though everything we see and feel were sentences from his mouth, all the wet of the world his spit.

I feel written. My skin feels written, and my desires feel written....

It feels literary, doesn't it, as if we are characters in books.

You can call it God or a conscience, or you can dismiss it as the intuitive knowing we all have as human beings, as living storytellers; but there is a knowing I feel that guides me toward better stories, toward being a better character. I believe there is a writer outside ourselves, plotting a better story for us, interacting with us, even, and whispering a better story into our consciousness."

I began looking at my life differently than I had in the past. I had never really thought of myself as someone God wrote into existence. I had been told growing up that God had a plan for me, but I never quite understood it until Donald Miller put it in those words. I could imagine God sitting there, writing out my story, asking me to join His. Asking me to take a risk, to trust Him and to believe that my story would be great because of what He has done, not because of what I can accomplish on my own.

I fell in love with the line "I feel written," and I've carried it with me for 3 years. I knew I wanted it tattooed on me as a reminder to live a better story, to trust Him with my story. I decided to get it tattooed on my right arm because that is my writing hand. My insanely talented friend, Lauren Rockett, hand lettered the phrase for me, and I had it done by Myk at Black Gold Tattoo. I could not be more pleased with how it turned out!

So, I want to know, is there a line or a phrase from a book that you would have tattooed?