I watched a really good movie last night. Actually, the movie was okay, but I picked up a message in it. Movie is called “This is Our Time” and it is a Spiritual movie on Netflix. The message was about God having purpose for each of us…
It was about 5 friends who graduate college. 4 go off and begin their lives in big ways, 2 of which become missionaries to lepars in India.
The 5th guy, who stays behind to work in his Dad’s restaurant because he was not accepted into Grad school, feels like God has forgotten him. When he consults with a former college professor, the professor explains to him that God’s plan is not about DOING…it is about BEING.
Being? Somehow, that really sat with me for awhile. In my own life, I have been so worried about not “doing” enough lately. In fact, our family is planning a new ministry project, because I felt like God was calling me to “do” more (I still feel he is, but in my mind it was because I am not doing enough). Doing…it is a noble effort, but in the end, God has a plan for who we are to BE. Think of all of the people who go to church each week, but never BEcome children of His word and receivers of His great love. They spend their life doing, without ever being who God truly wants them to be.
We are to BE the beacon of God’s light for those in trouble to see. We are to be loving, caring, and patient followers of His word and truth. We are to be gentle and kind to those in need. God simply wants us to be His child.
Ultimately, this “throwaway guy” ends up being the one who holds everyone together when one of the 5 friends dies. He was the friend who could always bring them all back together…because that is the person he was, not because it was something he felt he had to “do”.
He is reminded that God’s purpose is not for us to do. I mean, yes, we do things to help people, etc. But even when we do not feel active in His ministry, we are still living His purpose. If you want to know what it is to BE God’s child, email me.
It has been one of those mornings where nothing seems to have gone right. I woke up late, so Ashton missed his bus, and then I had to chase Cupcake around the parking lots this morning.
So, when I pulled in to work and saw the full parking lots, I realized I was going to have to walk in from the “back 40” and there was no chance of being on time. It was like God was telling me, no forcing me, to be in His light for a morning meditation while absorbing the healing light of our earthly sun. I needed to pump up my heart rate and create some natural energy. I needed to find a moment of peace and calm before continuing my day.
He even provided what I needed. I realized I had my big scarf on and could wrap it around my wet head for protection against the Winnie-the-Pooh-like blistery winds. I glanced over to the passenger seat of the van and saw the bottle of water from last night that I had not finished. It was nice and cold from being in the car overnight, and would help if I began choking halfway up the hill (This kind of weather likes to play with my bronchial asthma).
No excuses. Just a morning walk in the sunshine. I so needed that!