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Greatest Story Ever Told, Yours!


I Want A More Purpose Driven Story


I know God is up to something and it’s big, really big.

You may not believe in a god but that’s okay it doesn’t change His mind or the fact that His plan is playing out and you are part of it.


What if every person you run into, connect with or have a conversation with, is part of a giant “mankind play of sorts?”


Look at it like this, God is the editor and we are co-producers. He doesn’t make the script but has an open-ended plot that we can “get through” or make our own.


Every person we run into is a character in that story. Some, short lived one time only walk-ons, but others stay longer and have more meaning.


In this movie last night “The Unknown Country” the producers had this Native American Woman traveling the country and at each stop the motel owner or a bar owner would tell a bit of their story. The movie is horrible but the idea is what sparked this conversation with you today.


It is so easy to get wrapped up in the day to day of life we forget the people we run into did’t get there by accident.

Kathy and I ran into a woman and her son last night at Bob’s Market in Townsend, Montana.

I’m guessing the boy is 15 or 16 years old.

He’s a cowboy with a hat and revolver strapped around his waste.

We start talking and come to find out they are on their way to a mom and son horseback ride near Pony Montana.

Just the two of them getting some time together.

You could tell this kid loves his mom.

When the young man greets me he shakes my hand with a strong grip, tips his hat and calls me sir.

We talk about their horses, the trip and she gives us a few hiking locations near Pony.

As she climbs into her pickup pulling a huge horse trailer with two Mustangs in the back (horses not cars) I repeat our names and she does the same.


I climb into the car and wonder “God what are you going to do with that?”

I can’t wait to see.


Oh, one more thing.

God also gives us delete buttons.

There are characters put in our lives that have purpose but limiting our involvement is part of the plot.

Can we, will we and do we have the stamina to remove them from the script or tell them “Hell No” when the time is right?


God sets the stage for our story and each of us has a role to play.

I don’t want to get to the end of my life only to discover, like the movie I watched last night, the end production was less than interesting in fact it was quite boring.


Risk, challenge and unpredictability are tools we can ignore or use to make a great tale.

Don’t let fear stifle your production.

Don’t get swallowed in the need for comfort, comfort squishes great productions.

Be part of the greatest story ever told, your story, His story, our story.



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Rick, it's obvious you (and Kathy, as she's definitely a "keeper") are scripting your own story, with God's gracious help. What an example! I give it, so far, two very enthusiastic thumbs UP, as the late Siskel and Ebert would have said!

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Rick Dancer
Rick Dancer
Aug 07, 2023
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I don't care what they have to say but respect your thumbs up.

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I appreciate this story. The way you interacted with these folks and their response to you. Wouldn't this country be a better place if we all did that. Just finished a long trip to Bozeman and back to get a fifth wheel travel trailer to restore for our retirement travels. Met so many wonderful folks along the way and had wonderful interactions with them...... great stories of American life. - M

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Rick Dancer
Rick Dancer
Aug 07, 2023
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Thanks Marc

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