Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pick Your Part

Pick Your Part
Sept 23, 2013
Psalm 139:16  "Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."

My daughter recently auditioned for a school play, her very first one after joining the drama club.  She was so excited about the thought of being in a play, an original play, imagining just what it would feel like to be a part of the production.  Naturally, she was nervous about the audition, never having participated before, not knowing what to expect.  She had to memorize lines and present her character during the audition.  And then she had to wait.....wait for the directors to cast her role, deciding upon her part in the production.  The anticipation was almost more than she could bear, wondering if she made the cut and wondering what role she might play, hoping it was the part she preferred.  And then the posting of the parts was displayed; she made the cut but was extremely disappointed.  She was glad to be cast for the play, but she did not get the part she wanted.  As a parent, I had to simply let her feel all the emotions that go along with excitement followed by disappointment.

We slowly re-built her enthusiasm for the the play, encouraging her that the part she was cast for might be a good fit.  Although it wasn't what she wanted, she decided to stick it out and accept the role she had been given.  The directors assigned her a script and memorization of the role has commenced at our house.  As we practice the part with her we realize something the directors of the play already knew.  She is perfect for the role chosen for her.  It is as if the role was created just for her.  My  daughter's natural personality really brings the character to life the way it was written and designed by the writers.  The role she is playing is a perfect match for her skills, abilities, talents, personality, and giftings.  But she wasn't allowed to pick her part, it was decided by the writers and directors who knew best.

You and I try to pick our part in life and what role we want to play on the Lord's stage.  But it doesn't work that way.  The Old and New Testament are very clear that we are simply a creation of the Master Maker.  What is created does not have a choice in its purpose.  We cannot pick our part, choosing our own role in the Lord's plan.  He designed the world from beginning to end; He is the Writer and Director.  We are allowed to accept our part in His master plan, but we cannot choose our own role.  Our part has already been written perfectly for our skills, abilities, talents, personality, and giftings.

We can choose to accept our role with enthusiasm or opt out.  Difficulty arises when accepting the role but complaining about it all the while.  The Lord wants willing participants to fulfill the role He created for each and every one of us, no matter if we think it is the role we would choose or not.  In fact most of us, like my daughter, would choose an alternative than what we've been assigned.  We think we have a better idea than the Director at what part would rightly suit us.  The Lord knows best and it is wise to submit to the role He has given each and every person.  He wrote the part just for you and only you can fulfill that role.  It suits you perfectly.

Don't take my word for it; look it up:  Pro 16:33, Is 29:15-17, Is 45:8-10, Is 64:8, Jer 18:1-10, Rom 9:20-22

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