Wednesday, January 2, 2019

"Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

My wife had never seen the movie "Forrest Gump" until just the other day, a film which won six Academy Awards -- including Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Best Director (Robert Zemeckis) and Best Picture. The fictional film follows the life of a simple man trying to come to terms with destiny versus the importance of his life's choices (and yes, he runs across America). Although I had watched the movie a few times since it was released in 1994, it was nice to watch it with Kelley. At the beginning of the movie, Forrest says, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." Actually, there is a lot of truth in that simple statement. In fact, it is similar to the words of James 4:14 in the Bible, "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."

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.

Keep Reaching For Life's Mileposts,

Paul Staso