Who’s Your Scriptwriter?
By David Outten, Production Editor
You are the lead actor in the story of your life.
How good is your story?
Circumstances have an impact, but the heart of our story is written, directed and played by us. The decisions we make shape much of what we experience. We don’t get to write in things like hurricanes, recessions and terrorist attacks, but we do write our reaction to them. Day-by-day, moment-by-moment, we write our story.
Unlike a Hollywood scriptwriter, we don’t get rewrites. When we do or say something, it remains part of our story for life. It’s so easy to become a senior citizen, look back and think, “I wish I could be young again but have all the knowledge I’ve gained in 60 years of living. I’d have written a better script.”
Humans seldom write great scripts. Even those who soar to great heights like Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson can write themselves a horrible and early ending. Tragedies like divorce are not written with long-term intent. Teenagers don’t write, “I want to be married three times in my life and visit my children on weekends.” Divorce happens as the result of hundreds of poorly written scenes filled with anger, dishonesty and unfaithfulness. Drug abuse, alcoholism and massive gambling debts are not desired as life goals. They’re written in small scene by small scene until they become a big part of someone’s story.
Would you like a better story? Would you like to be the very best you can be? Would you like the best possible ending for your story?
You can have it. You just need a better scriptwriter – one who knows what circumstances you’re going to face – one who knows the very best response you can make to anything that happens. You need a scriptwriter with great wisdom who has your very best interests at heart.
That, of course, is God – your creator.
Imagine you’re the very best father on earth and you get to guide your child’s life. You wouldn’t direct them into drug abuse, alcoholism or promiscuity. You’d help them shape a beautiful marriage and raise delightful children. You’d help them achieve prosperity and become respected in their community.
God is a better scriptwriter than any human father could ever be. He’s wiser. He’s more loving. He knows everything about you and about anyone you’ll ever meet. He is with you at all times.
You have the freedom to write your own dialogue and action, but if you turn scriptwriting over to God, He’ll give you better dialogue and better action. He’ll guide you to become all He made you to be. He knows what makes a great marriage. He knows how to raise children. He knows how to succeed in business. He knows how to deal with disasters. More importantly, He knows what He’s called you to achieve. It may not be wealth and fame. It may be something humble and simple. It may even be something seemingly horrible or unfair, but it’s the very best story for you.
There’s something in all of us that wants to be writer/director/actor of our own lives. We don’t want to be God’s zombies or slaves. But, think about it. If God wanted zombies He could have made zombies. He wanted people willing to trust Him and use their freedom to follow his guidance.
Making God your scriptwriter is a bit like signing a contact with MGM in 1930. You don’t know what roles you’ll get. You simply agree to play them. Today, actors and actresses look for great scripts and want to work with the best directors. They want to be remembered for outstanding roles in great movies. By trusting God to be your scriptwriter and director, you accept the greatest role in the greatest story possible for your life.
Here’s how it works. You wake up each morning and ask, “God, what’s in your script for me today?” When anything happens you ask, “God, how should I respond?” You develop a relationship where doing what God wants becomes natural. Far from a zombie relationship, the relationship is of mutual respect, trust and admiration.
When you allow God to be your scriptwriter and director, He can add His power to your performance. When Jesus healed the sick or raised the dead, He said, “I’m just doing what I see my father doing.” God may not have you heal the sick or raise the dead. You may never be directed to walk on water, but you can do so much more in life if you play the role God writes for you and He displays his wisdom and power through you.
The night before he died, Jesus prayed that he might not have to suffer what God showed him was next in his script, but then he said, “Nevertheless, not my will but thy will be done.” He was then whipped, beaten, mocked, and crucified for the forgiveness of our sins. On the one hand the role was horrible, but on the other it changed history. That one obedient act enabled us all to receive forgiveness and be reconciled to God. Because Jesus played the role God gave Him, we can now have God as our scriptwriter.
Far from feeling like you’ve sold yourself into slavery, when God is your scriptwriter, you feel like a blessed child of the Creator of the Universe. God doesn’t take away your freedom. To play the role God has written for you requires that you exercise your freedom to choose his will over your own on a moment-to-moment basis. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t ad lib with their own inferior lines and actions at times. These are the ones we often wind up regretting. We are our best when we are so aware of God’s script we just play the part as He writes it. Far from feeling forced into something, our attitude should be like that of a great actor just delighted that he’s been given the role of a lifetime.
Great movies feature a protagonist who’s faced with a choice that will change his life. When he makes that choice, he begins what Hollywood calls “the hero’s journey.” He faces conflicts and goes through great struggles. In the end he is a stronger, wiser person than he started. He meets the challenge put before him. He inspires audiences to be better people and meet challenges in their own life.
Wouldn’t you like such a role?
Does your story inspire others?
As our scriptwriter, God promises us challenges. He promises conflict. We are tested. When the going gets tough, will we reject our lines or will we stay on script and trust God? It’s a difficult role to play, but it’s divinely inspired. God wants to make us the light of the world. He wants to show the world his love, grace and power in our life’s story. When our earthly role is finished and the credits roll up the screen, wouldn’t it be great to see the words “Written and Directed by God?”
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