Saturday, May 6, 2017

Life is a Movie, We are just the Actors

Light. Camera. Action. Places everybody, we are about to begin filming scene one.

Everyone loves a good movie, right? One with a good cast and a well-written plot. Some good special effects usually add to the excitement as well. As a kid, I always wanted to be a movie. So much so that we were always coming up with new video ideas that we could then film and act out. What if our lives were in fact a movie? What role would you be playing? Would you be the lead role, or the supporting character in someone else's storyline? If we think about it, God has written a great script for us to follow, even though we don't know our lines yet. He has set the scene and placed the right actors for the part to play out his plotline. Like any great movie, though, some of the greatest scenes are those are improvised and not in the original draft. Few scenarios that are coming my thoughts are, obviously, from Star Wars. Han Solo, about to be lowered into carbonite, has just been told by Leia that she loves him. According to the script, He was supposed to respond back by saying, "I love you too". Instead, he says,"I Know." The directors and producers thought that fit so well, they kept it in and it is one of the most popular lines from the movie. Another scene is in A New Hope, after Luke and Han have stolen the stormtrooper uniforms. Mark Hamill, thinking the cameras had stopped rolling, says,"I can't see a thing in this helmet." Again, the writers liked it, so it stayed. What I am trying to portray here is that sometimes, we do something off script. We turn left, when we should have turned right, and make things up as we go. When this happens, God just writes this turn into the final draft and sets up for the next scene. What do you do though if you are just the supporting friend who gives advice to the lead in times of trouble. The one who has to lift back up the Lead when things are going wrong. Are you prepared to offer tough advice to get the wheels spinning again in the mind of your buddy. The main actor doesn't need someone who isn't afraid to say the things they need to hear. In fact, these scenes usually start out pretty quiet and as you, the support, is talking, the music begins to build and you can begin to see the light bulbs go off in his eyes. I like these scenes a lot. They remind me that though I face hard situations sometimes, there will always be someone there who will help raise me back up and get me back on my feet. Naturally, that person is the writer and director of my story, God the Father himself. In times when I feel down, he restores my soul and strengthens me in areas I feel like I have failed in. He will lift me out of my slumber and place me back on solid ground. And here's the thing, I don't want to take center stage so to speak, if God has to take the back seat. I would rather have God be my Lead and I follow closely behind him. My movie will be awful if I don't have a good writer. And believe me, Spielberg or Nolan or Abrams will never come up with anything greater than the story God has for your life.

Adam Semple- A Young Man on a Mission From God.

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