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Mist Or The Master

Posted on Sep 05 , 2014 in Hope & Life Lessons

Mist Or The Master

© By Brad L Hodges

James 4:13-15
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.” ― Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

I sometimes feel insignificant, like my life has no real purpose or meaning. That feeling usually comes like a big ocean wave over me, engulfing the pit of my existence. It is anything but subtle when it occurs. It is at those times I truly feel like a “mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

At other times I feel if I can just turn the key in the right direction I can still make my mark on the entire world.

I think we all go through metamorphosis’ at some point or the other in big part depending on what ‘stage’ of life we may be in, metaphorically speaking or in actuality.

When I had a busy and rewarding career as an executive for thirty years and was raising two children 50 percent on my own, my life seemed full of purpose and meaning.

Now retired, and living in my dream location I had planned for and carefully laid map to, for over thirteen years, I am happy with my environment but not willing to yield to the mediocrity of an existence sorely lacking in excitement and challenge.

Life stages can dictate the play if you allow them to.

As Napoleon Hill stated; “…You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”

I don’t think the play is ever over unless you stop acting and as Mr. Hill seems to indicate, you are the director as well as the actor which gives you control over your production of life.

This is of course a world view rather than a heavenly one and it’s not a bad view if you put it in a proper perspective as a Christian.

If you are a believer in the Master of the Universe, God, your play of life takes on a whole new meaning. It moves from the secular definition of being the master of your life into yielding to the divine direction of Him.

With God as the master or director of your life your role as actor becomes less performance related and more faith, grace and trust correlated.

At those times when it seems my life play has made its best run already I must remind myself that since I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ the mist of it here on earth is but a rehearsal for the eternal stage, the ultimate Broadway, so to speak, I will be standing on with Him when my short time here has passed.

While here, regardless of the stage in life I am on, I ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, [I] will live and do this or that.”

Knowing that God sees the entire beginning and end of my run here on earth, and knowing that He does everything for my own good (And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28), I must be patient during those times I feel insignificant and “mist” like.

I must trust that since my time is not His time that God had a purpose for me and will reveal and guide me to it as He sees fit. That is the definition of faith.

What about you? Do you struggle with your role as actor on your life stage questioning your purpose and specific character?

If so, turn the entire production over to the Master and be relieved of the stress of performing in both your view and the view of the world. Act for God and God alone and let Him direct you.


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