LENT DAY 19
Life Is Not A Movie About Me
By Breanna Murphy
The Lord your God is supreme over all gods and over all powers. He is great and mighty, and he is to be obeyed. He does not show partiality, and he does not accept bribes. He makes sure that orphans and widows are treated fairly; he loves the foreigners who live with our people, and gives them food and clothes. So then, show love for those foreigners, because you were once foreigners in Egypt. Have reverence for the Lord your God and worship only him. Be faithful to him and make your promises in his name alone. Praise him - he is your God, and you have seen with your own eyes the great and astounding things that he has done for you.
(Deuteronomy 10:17-21 GNT)
Over the years being at Southside, I’ve heard a lot of incredible sermons. Every week there’s something new to apply to my life and I’m thankful to get to go to a church where we hear people say all the time “I felt like God was speaking directly to me.”
Some weeks are extra applicable to your life circumstances. One of my favourite examples of this was when Pastor Mike first shared the quote “life is not a movie about you.”
For some reason, that quote has stuck with me ever since I first heard it. I remember it when I start taking myself too seriously, or when I’m tempted to put myself before the needs of someone else. I often hear it when I get too prideful, or when I’m patting myself on the back for achieving something.
“Life is not a movie about you” reminds me that God is in control and that I’m actually just blessed to be able to follow His plan for my life. It reminds me that there are hurting, lonely and broken people around me who need to know about a Saviour who loves them and died for them. It changes my attitude when I’m tempted to throw in the towel and focus on my needs instead of going the extra mile to show God’s love to someone else.
I still need to remind myself of this, every day, and too often I forget! It’s easy to live for yourself, and to receive all the credit. It’s also easy to justify your own needs before someone else’s. But when you inevitably come to the end of yourself, and you’re too tired to keep doing things from your own strength/for your own glory, Jesus is there to remind you that He’s in control and He will shoulder the weight.
Prayer: God, we are so thankful that we don’t play the starring role in this life. It’s too big a burden to carry and we’re not strong enough! Thank you for dying for our sins - for our pride, our selfishness, our iniquities and our faults. Thank you for the plan You have for our lives. We trust You and we give You all the credit and all the glory. Amen.