It’s Your Life

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Many of you know I have a dozen nieces and nephews. When they were much younger I used to watch a lot of Disney movies with them. One favorite was The Lion King. Remember the scene when Simba is being challenged to go back home and be the king he was born to be? Simba ran from his destiny; the struggle in confronting his cruel, and I do mean cruel, uncle was just too difficult. But in that memorable scene Simba looks in the water and sees the subtle reflection of his father, Mufasa, who says, “You have forgotten who you are … Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become … Remember who you are.”

With so many voices in our lives telling us what to think, where to go, how to behave, who to be, when to move, etc., etc., … it is easy to see how we can easily forget who it is God made us uniquely to be. So much unhappiness, so much angst, so much sadness, so much confusion and frustration in life comes from not being true to ourselves, not remembering who we are and who God made us to be. It’s not easy, but a large part, perhaps the largest part, of growing up is learning how to quiet those outside voices so that we listen most to the God Who is uniquely inside each one of us.

Are you destined to become more than you have become? Like Simba, have you run from who it is God made you to be? Fear not, you still have time to make a course-correction! I did. And you can too.

The Woman at the Well made a course-directional-change in her life as well. Remember her? (John 4: 1-40.) This Samaritan woman had gone up to the top of the mountain where the community water well was located. She went at the hottest time of the day knowing that if she climbed the mountain at that hour of high heat she was not likely to run into any of the other women in town. She didn’t want to run into them because the Samaritan woman was living sinfully with yet another man who was also not her husband. She just couldn’t take the ridicule and shunning from the other women. Not that day. Not any day.

Much to this woman’s surprise, she climbed the mountain only to run into Jesus. Jesus and this woman had a lively conversation, and in the end she realized Jesus knew everything there was to know about her and still he was willing to sit with her and engage in a challenging conversation (men and women did not converse in those days, and especially not Jewish people and Samaritan people!) After their conversation, this woman left the mountain, went into town and told everyone that Jesus, the Messiah, was at the well. Upon this woman’s word, the townspeople ran up the hill to also sit at the feet of Jesus. This woman had gone from being scorned to being one of the first missionaries of Christ!  Now that’s a course-directional-change if ever I’ve heard of one!

When people close to death are questioned about anything they would do differently, one common theme rises to the top, “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” This, my friends, is the most common regret of all, and I can’t tell you how many times I have heard it while visiting a death-bed.

It is critically important to honor your God-given dreams along the way. When you are on your deathbed, the opinions of others fade alongside the recognition that you have not lived an authentic life. Life offers many choices. It is your life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, seek Godly counsel, but choose honestly.

You’ll be so glad you did.

Peace friends,

Chuck

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