Near the end of the film, Forrest says, "I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both. Maybe both is happening at the same time." Essentially, Forrest is wondering if life follows a predetermined course or if it is arbitrary. I've been thinking about this. As a Christian, I believe that life is neither predetermined nor random. God, through his Providential action, is moving His creation toward a purposeful climax and He calls people to join Him in fulfilling His plan. However, because He created us in His image, He endowed us with free will and we are constantly participating with Him in the happenings of the world. God has a plan and His desire is that we join Him in that plan. God wants us to live for His purpose and, as a result, we will be blessed. I believe that He has numbered our days and He will fulfill every purpose He has for us.
Living each day knowing that your life is a "mist" (as stated in James 4:14) is different than just living. Things here are passing away. You’ve got to hold on to what will stand. Savor what matters. Are you doing that?
Life is short. Eternity is long. Live like it.
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