Life, Your Movie

I once saw a meme of a guy saying to himself, “What if this world and its happening were just a demo video being played by God for Adam and Eve to show them the consequences of eating the forbidden fruit. It got me laughing and thinking at the same time. A lot of people have several views of life. Some say life is a race, some say it’s a battlefield, some say it’s a journey, some call it a market place and some have described it as a football field, etc. But have you ever thought of life as a movie or a best seller novel, and not just that but also with you as the main character or “actor” as Nigerians normally say?

If you have read my previous posts, you would agree with me that I’m a firm believer that life is full of lessons and we learn from everything such as my posts on DODO and Share a coke. So, I see life as a movie with many episodes and seasons. In this case, twelve episodes would make a season (just like the twelve months in a year). Looking at how old you are right now, you can calculate the number of episodes and seasons you have featured in. However, the most beautiful part of this movie you are acting is that God is the scriptwriter! I’d like to take a few lessons from the way seasonal movies are being run and how we can fuse that into our living.

Every movie has its characters and most times one major character. As you read along I’d like you to see yourself as the main character in this one. You know how your movie began, where you were born, either in a manger or a hospital; with a silver or wooden spoon, and sometimes no spoon at all. I’m not trying to mock any beginnings so please stay with me. I’m only trying to make you realise that you were not a mistake, none of the happenings surrounding your birth was a mistake. That family you were born into, the location and country, the siblings, none of them was a mistake. The master script writer had it written that way for a purpose. So the first thing I’d like you to do is embrace your background.

I’ve never seen a movie with just one character; have you? Meaning for every movie, there are several characters. Some are introduced in the opening scene while others are introduced along the line. Some play a very short role (the ones we call waka pass) while others are there till the end. This scenario also plays out in our lives. We meet people at throughout our lifetime. I remember how I cried when leaving primary school because I wasn’t going to see my best friend again. Fortunately, he’s a major character in my movie. I met him in my class in Jss1, today we are still friends. You definitely have met people while growing up, and sadly some passed away, some of those friends grew up and parted ways. Some are in another continent never to heard from again. My secondary school days was one of my best moments growing up, met folks of different characters. Those I bonded with and those that our spirit repelled each other. For those friends that were close, I remember how after secondary school we called each other because we missed each other. But as time went by and we began to grow older, got into the university and achieve more with our lives, we sort of lost connection. Today I still look back and miss them but then I realise they are characters that wouldn’t be there forever. So I’ve resolved never to take relationships for granted; they are one of the most beautiful things anyone can have. Never let pride deprive you of beautiful relationships. I know a couple of folks that have lost a friend and their regret was that at that period they weren’t on talking terms. So whatever you ought to learn from a relationship, please don’t hesitate to learn it and also don’t withhold what you ought to give back to that relationship. Don’t forget, “twenty friends won’t play together for twenty years”.

For some movies, the actors undergo weight loss or gain  and some had to hit the gym just to fit a role for a movie. If you ever seen The Machinist, Christian Bale plays the role of Trevor Reznik, a machinist with severe insomnia. His lack of sleep leads to severe weight loss, so Reznik becomes extremely thin. To fit the character Bale needed to look drastically thin, so he went from 173 pounds to 110 pounds. To achieve this, the actor followed a draconian diet: for almost four months he ate only one can of tuna fish and one apple per day. Andrew Garfield was a little scrawny even for the lean web-slinger, but he built his physique out admirably to become Spider-Man. You need to see pictures of Chris Hemsworth of Thor before he landed the Thor deal to really understand what I’m trying to say. The same goes for life. There are some levels in life we won’t enjoy till we let go of some extra weight. Hebrews 12:1 says to “lay aside every weight”. Likewise there’s also growth required of us to attain or enjoy some form of inheritance (Acts 20:32). I once repeated a class in secondary school because I didn’t meet the requirements to get promoted to the next class. My life continued but I was in the same class for two years. A lot of things happen when we fail to let go of some things or embrace others. In the movie of your life, no one can play your role better than you, and there would be some sacrifices you would have to pay along the line. All the best.

There’s also something I love about movies. No matter how intense things get, we have an assurance or faith, that nothing bad is going to happen to the main character(s). And if anything even happens to him or her, we are sure he/she is going to scale through. I hope you haven’t forgotten you are the main character in your movie? So I want to ask: why are you so worried, serious, bothered, restless and fearful? Where is your faith? If only we would just have the mind-set that no matter what happens, we’re going to scale through and emerge victorious. No harm is coming your way, because God is your scriptwriter. Can you remember those days you didn’t think you would make it through the week? There was nothing in your bank account, no food stuff at home, no one to call to lend you money as you were already owing them all. But somehow you are here standing, alive, healthy and full of life. Friend, all that was part of the script. So if you scaled through with so much fear and doubt, imagine how beautiful it would be like if you were at peace and rest all the time. In case you aren’t aware, people are already worried and bothered for you. Let them do that, it’s their job. Just trust your script writer and play along.

So many lessons to be learned but I’d like to end with this one. Have you ever bought a supposed complete season of your favourite movie only to watch it and realise it isn’t complete? Friend, that’s what happens in life. Several people have written you off, some have concluded on your story. Probably where you are right now is a land flowing with milk and honey, it can get better. Maybe you are in a wilderness, rivers would soon flow. I have good news for you, as long as you’re still breathing, you are a work in progress. Let them conclude but don’t allow their conclusion affect you; God isn’t done with you yet. The only reason the pirate couldn’t complete the movie and sell a finished version is because he doesn’t have your script. Why doesn’t he have it? Because it’s in the hands of God. You’d also do well not to pirate your own movie by concluding on yourself. It just got interesting. The world is waiting earnestly for your next episode. Make it worth their while.

 

BITO THE POSTER

As beautiful as this can get, to star in a beautiful and successful movie, you need to succumb to the will of the Father. For you can’t have two masters, you’d love one and hate the other. I don’t know what season of your movie you are in 2018. But do well to make each episode count. Act it out according to His script, it surely would end beautifully. Like Jesus let your prayer be “Let thy will be done Oh Lord!”

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s an adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next Papa?” Romans 8:15(MSG).

God bless you and thanks for reading.

If this article blessed you, please do well to share with others. You just might put someone back on track.

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Everything, Everything

Let me start by saying I’m not a movie critic neither do I do movie reviews, but I believe we learn from every single thing around us if we pay close attention to details. We can learn from people we meet and everything around us including movies. Two of my previous posts were inspired by movies, Titanic and Hacksaw Ridge. But I must say I’m a sucker for movies themed after the US Army and love. And I’m not referring to Zeeworld or Telemundo. I am in fact referring to the likes of The fault in our stars, Warm bodies etc.

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You must have guessed by now that today’s post is about a movie about love I saw a while back. What else could be “everything, everything”, if not love? Well, Everything, Everything is about Madeline “Maddy” Whittier (Amandla Stenberg), a young girl suffering from SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency), an immuno-deficiency disease that prevents her from leaving her home and interacting with others. Her mother, Pauline Whittier, takes care of her with the help of her nurse Carla, who has been taking care of Madeline for 15 years. Only Pauline, Carla and Carla’s daughter, Rosa, are allowed in the home. Maddy yearns to see the world, particularly the ocean. What a weird life I must confess. What would you do if you were asked to stay indoor for years with no option of going to the movies, making friends, having contact with people or even taking a stroll to get fresh air? I leave that to you to answer.

For 17 years Maddy was confined in her home. Really the house was super cool, but nothing beats freedom. However, things took a new turn when a new family moves next door, shortly after  Maddy’s 18th birthday. The neighbour’s son, who is Maddy’s age, catches her eye, and interestingly, the windows of both teenagers are opposite each other. Later, the boy writes his number on his window for Maddy to see, and they begin texting. He introduces himself as Olly, and they text for a while, getting to know each other and eventually growing very fond of each other. And you know how stupidly we take decisions when in love, she did take a very seemingly stupid decision. Ok, as if going outside wasn’t harmful enough, Maddy buys two plane tickets to Hawaii, and convinces Olly to travel there with her. In Hawaii, they share a romantic and life-changing experience together.

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I know you would be wondering how she survived. Don’t get your hopes too high; she did not survive unscathed. On the second day, she passes out! Tragic? Definitely. The lesson is simple: don’t do silly things because of love. However, the movie continues and she wakes up on her bed at home connected to a life support machine. Luckily she survived and after a couple of days she recovered fully. A doctor from the hospital in Hawaii calls Maddy and informs her that she does not have something as severe as SCID! Yes, you read right. She was free from SCID. So it turns out that it was her mum’s remedy of protecting Maddy after she lost her dad and brother when she was just one year old. Her own mum imprisoned her mind into thinking she was plagued with a deadly virus, and for 17 years she lived her entirely life inside the house. Isn’t this wickedness of the highest order?

For 17 years Maddy was trapped in her mind till the force of love came through for her. This is actually where I begin to draw my lessons. There’s a saying that “we are a product of our thoughts”. So we are either free or slaves by our thinking. For someone reading this post, the same force that rescued Maddy might just be what you need to embrace. You probably have been heartbroken by some Yoruba demon and therefore categorised all guys as Yoruba demons; even our Hausa and Igbo brethren. Maybe it’s time you let go and love that guy pouring out his love towards you. For someone else, all you might need is courage to break free from that prison in your mind. The thought telling you it can’t work is lying. Ever heard the phrase “do it afraid!”? Yes just do it! Launch out that business idea, start that project, you’d be surprised at the progress you’d make by this time next year. For someone else reading this, I feel it might be inferiority complex; the feeling of not being adequate, good enough or substandard. To start with, what’s your standard? Is it other people or yourself? Take a look at the mirror and whoever looks back at you is your standard; that’s your competition. And for some, it might be your attachment to that loved one or supposing friend that has held you down. Not all relationships are compulsory, there are some you have to break free from.  It could also be an abusive relationship. Trust me, you can do without that person. You’d be just fine.

Whatever it is that would break you free from that prison in your mind, do it. Don’t dare live life with regrets of things you could have done. Rather like Maddy take bold steps today and walk free because indeed you are free! And then we also mustn’t forget, love really is everything. So love yourself and love your purpose. Remember this: your life is like a colouring book handed to you by your creator. You either admire the pictures without colours or get to work and start colouring!

HACKSAW RIDGE

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Please Lord help me get one more!

Those were the words that Pfc. Desmond Doss kept repeating as he rescued his fellow soldiers behind enemy lines. Doss enlisted as a soldier during World War II but was ostracized by his colleagues due to his pacifist beliefs and stance. He later went on to earn the respect of his colleagues and superiors for his bravery, selflessness and compassion after he risked his life to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa. Desmond Doss became the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honour—America’s highest award for courage under fire.

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GUILTY

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Yes, I am guilty as charged.

I wonder how many readers of this blog have asked themselves if I live what I preach. And like Paul too, I pray daily that I would not be a cast away after preaching to people. This becomes very important because the Bible makes us understand that many would be cast away on the last day after they have raised the dead, healed the sick, and did all sorts in God’s name. Isn’t that tragic? Continue reading

TWO HEADS

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I remember growing up in a Nigerian home with typical Nigerian parents. My parents wanted us to be as perfect as possible and be the standard for other children in the neighborhood. Anything short of this was not acceptable. If your grades were poor in school, you would hear something like “do those who came first or second in your class have two heads?” When you ask for lunch too early, you would be reminded of your peers who have to hawk to eat. These experiences are things that most people from Nigerian households can associate with. Continue reading

FREE?

A lot of people are familiar with the saying “knowledge is power”. But I’m yet to hear that a biology textbook cured headache, or even the Bible raise the dead. In essence, , ownership of books do not  guarantee power or victory. What guarantees victory or power is the application of the information in these books. That’s why a pauper can pass an examination reading borrowed  books while a prince who has owns  the same books would  fail the same exam. Ownership isn’t key, application is!

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300

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Everything sure has its root in The BIBLE. Tag team wresting like I posted sometimes back, the flash (Elijah ran ahead of the chariot of the king), the incredible hulk (who else fits that description other than Samson?), and the 2006 American epic fantasy war film , 300. Continue reading