As I launch a BeachBody Challenge Group and look ahead to all the summer has in store, I’m reminded of the importance of remembering your story, your why? I’m constantly amazed by people who want to change their circumstances without changing themselves. Equally interesting is the thought that our own decisions landed us in a place we didn’t want to be, only to be offered assistance and then choose to opt for the same decision making strategies that landed us in an undesirable circumstance to begin with.
Essentially we lose our “why,” our reason, if we ever spent time discovering what it was in the first place. Today, I’m brought back to this post about James Bond and losing our ambition.
Did you see the newest James Bond movie, Skyfall.
Acting like a 25-year-old, I took in a late showing of the film a few months ago. And even though it’s been out a few weeks, the movie is still charting at the top of the box office. There’s a reason, too. It’s good, classic James Bond. With all due respect to my namesake and the original 007, I think Daniel Craig is the best James Bond ever. (And, yes, my mother did name me after Sean Connery…seriously.)
As good as it is, there is one crucial problem with the film. It’s the same problem many of us have; the story loses itself.
Apologies to those who haven’t seen it, but the tale begins in a quest to recover a hard drive containing a list of names of covert NATO agents. Yet by the end of the movie, the plot centers on a personal vendetta against M. Admittedly, the combination of my getting older, drinking a large Diet Coke, and the length of the movie resulted in multiple trips to the restroom, so I may have missed it, but I left the theater wondering, “What happened to the list?”
Leaving aside the mind-boggling idea that a list of covert NATO agents resides on an outdated PC laptop somewhere in Istanbul, the story ignites one way but once the action gets going forgets about its own raison d’etre.
People are like that, too. We lose our reason for existence.
On January 1, many Americans will commit to a resolution, maybe multiple ones – losing weight, reading more, etc… – just like last year. Remember those promises we made to ourselves last year? To get off the couch because we know it’d be better for us. But so many of us lost the story.
We free fell into skyfall. We lost our reasons.
One of favorite scriptures is Philippians 1:6: “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ.” I like what it says about God. I like that God is a finisher. As God’s child, I want to be a finisher too!
It’s very easy in our world to lose your story. We harbor in our hearts dreams of being generous and giving; to desire to use our gifts for the blessing of God’s Kingdom and our community; to make our corner of the world a better place; but in the busyness and stress of life we lose grip of our reason.
So, go recover your reason.
Spend a day away searching your heart and the scriptures to rediscover your reason for existence. Pray. Seek. Ask.
You’re not in a movie. The script isn’t locked. The story isn’t in post-production. The credits aren’t rolling. You’re not finished! You have the ability to powerfully choose who you are going to be today. Resist the lie that life is what happens to you. Make a choice. Pick. Decide. What will your life look like in three weeks, two months, 90-days, six months?
You get to decide what story you want to tell. You get to finish what you start. You determine the heights, the horizons, and the limits. You get to aim at the stars.