Do you ever stop to wonder who you really are and what your purpose here on earth is? In the movie, Bruce the Almighty, Jim Carrey is a television reporter who has dreams of making it big as a news anchor. He is so focused on the future that he is forgetting what he has now and who he is today…to the extend that his girlfriend leaves him.
He is all-consumed by his plans, and he doesn’t see the value he is bringing to the world no less the blessings of a wonderful woman in his life. God, played by Morgan Freeman, steps in. This is a cute comedy, but make no mistake, it has a serious message for us all: don’t lose sight of today in pursuit of tomorrow. Yes, we all need to dream, especially when God places a passion in our heart. However, all we are guaranteed is today, and we should not waste it. Do what you can today!
Through the story, he realizes he is extremely good at his job and that no one else did it quite like him. He truly was given a gift, and God wanted him to use it right where he was for now. Once again, God’s ways are not our ways. We are to think big but also stay grounded in our relationship with Him to ensure we are exactly where HE wants us for today. That’s a tough line to walk sometimes.
The key is to stay in tune with God. Bruce’s girlfriend prays all the time, and it is actually her request for Bruce that God ultimately answers…just not like Bruce imagined. I believe God has incredible things in store for each of us, but we may need to wait on His perfect timing. This doesn’t mean we check out. Hardly! We need to roll up our sleeves and get busy doing whatever it is He would have us do today. And what we work on today will most likely equip us for our tomorrow. God doesn’t waste anything.
We have such narrow vision and can’t see all the obstacles, hurdles, and challenges along our path, but God sees everything. This is why he often sends us on what we think are detours when, in reality, they are stepping stones. We can’t get to the mountain top without climbing, and most trails are not a straight, direct shot. If they were, we would never be able to make it for it would be too steep and difficult. God carves out a way, but it just may take a while.
Back to my blog header: who are you? Not yesterday or tomorrow but today? I love the saying “grow where planted.” Even the tallest of trees were once saplings. Don’t get discouraged or feel as if God has forgotten you because He hasn’t. I get it; it’s hard to feel as if you should be somewhere else. The lesson to learn is to appreciate where you are, do the best with what you have, and keep moving forward as God leads you. The whole while be praying and letting go of your own expectations. God loves you and wants what is best for you and His kingdom.
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