DayBreaks for 12/16/16: Losing the Plot
From the DayBreaks archive, 2006:
I have seen a few movies in my life where, when I left the theater, I didn’t have a clue what the movie was about. I’ve read some books that I felt that way about, too. Needless to say, they weren’t my favorites!
Sometimes, I lose track of a much more important plot line: that’s the plot line of my life. And therein is the problem in a nutshell: we think life is all about us – MY life. I guess it’s normal, but that doesn’t mean it is right. In I Am Not but I Know I Am, Louie Giglio put this into a great perspective:
“And how would we know when we have slipped back into the story of us? We know when we see these telling signs:
“When I live like I’m privileged, I have lost the plot. In other words, when I start acting like I deserve a certain outcome or a higher standard of life, I have failed to strike the fatal blow to self and am living like I actually have rights in this world apart from God.
“When I am demanding, I have lost the plot, insisting that God and others meet my needs on the timetable that I see fit.
“When I act pompous, I have lost the plot, thinking that I am somebody while only proving that I haven’t had a good look at God today.
“When I crumble under the pressure, I have lost the plot, declaring that the outcome of life rests squarely on my shoulders, not His.
“When I start protecting, I have lost the plot, marking turf as though it were actually mine and forgetting that everything I have comes first from above.
“When I crave the spotlight for myself, I have lost the plot, losing sight of the story line and the one true Star. And when I do it, I waste one of life’s fleeting changes to make my life truly count by amplifying Him.
“When I fail to celebrate the successes of others who are living for His fame, I have lost the plot, thinking that possibly we are on different teams when we actually share supporting roles in the same story.
“When I dwell on feelings of being unloved, unnoticed, or insignificant, I have lost the plot, abandoning the miracle of knowing God on a first name basis.”
Let’s not forget who the story of all Life is about.
PRAYER: Father, thank You for inviting us to play a role in the greatest story ever told. May we do our part well in order to bring honor to Him who purchased us with His blood. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2016 by Galen Dalrymple.