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.

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