I have been watching a bunch of Christian movies (What If, October Baby, WWJD Woodcarver, Secrets of Jonathan Sperry, Brother White, etc) and it has me thinking. Especially in light of the revelation that I had the other day (It Is Easy To Get Caught Up Being A Christian or a Person That We Miss Acting Christ Like … How The Movie The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry Affected Me). Am I living my life by the credo of “What Would Jesus Do?” or am I living more like “What Would Pat Do?” I fear that it is more the later than the former.
One movie hit me a bit hard called “What If”. The premise is that the main character, played by Kevin Sorbo, makes a decision and that leads to becoming a major banker. But he walked out on the plan of God. The movie focuses on a glimpse into what his life could have been like had he followed God’s plan for his life. And that has me thinking.
Way back when, shortly after I got saved, I felt that God was calling me into ministry. I did what anyone would do and talked with my pastor. He discouraged me a lot and then hit me with the concept that killed my thoughts of going to Bible school. He told me that in order to go to school and be accepted by a Bible college, I would both have to be out of debt and be able to pay for the college without any aid. I called one school and that happened to be the one school that adhered to this concept and I then went to school for engineering instead. When I look back, I think I made the wrong choice. That is not that God has not blessed me and I am in a good place with an awesome family that loves me. But when I look back, I followed what Pat would do and not what Jesus would do. Jesus didn’t take the easy road and at the first sign of trouble I bailed. The very first obstacle and I bailed out. Now, I have over $60k tied up in loans from that decision and am working to pay it off.
In the movie, Kevin Sorbo’s character kind of gets a second chance and I could not help but feel a parallel to that as I could still get a degree from a Bible college. My wife and I are going to be praying about that and the future that God wants us to walk. I am just praying that when we make the decision, we hear clearly what Jesus would do so that a few years from now I am not wondering again.
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