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Movie Music and Narrating Life

By: Dr. Skip Myers
web posted April 22, 2008
COLUMNIST – You find yourself actually screaming at the television. It was obvious that the hero was walking into a trap. You can always know trouble is coming if you'll just listen to the background music. The music builds and the volume increases as the hero reaches for the doorknob. As the door opens, you know what's coming. If only they could hear what you are hearing. Trouble could be avoided. But they can't so the ugly monster claims another victim.

You sit there motionless wondering how someone could be so blind to what was coming. All the warnings were there--the music, the dark lighting, and even the narrator knew what was coming. The only one really satisfied in this entire scenario was the monster. He had just feasted on a hearty meal of movie hero. You on the other hand are left drained from the whole ordeal.

Don't you wish life came with movie music and a narrator? Just imagine as you crest the hill on the four-lane you hear your life's music getting louder and the narrator says, "The police officer sat on the other side of the hill waiting for the unsuspecting speeder." You hit the brakes just in the nick of time thanks to your handy life-music and narrator.

Unfortunately, we don't come with life-music and a narrator. How many problems could be avoided if we just had something that could warn us of bad decisions and approaching difficult situations? And what if we had a script that would let us know what our next move should be?

Maybe life does come with all of this and we just don't pay it any attention. Maybe there is life-music, a narrator, and a script that will enable us to deal more effectively with all that life brings our way.  Many people believe all of this is made available to us through our conscience. You may know it as that little voice in your head that tells you what’s right and wrong. The only problem with this particular little voice is that it likes to say what it knows I want to hear. And I have found that it will say one thing one time and another thing the next. It changes its mind and is influenced by what I really want at the moment. So as good as a conscience may seem to be it really isn’t totally reliable.  And besides it is very easy to ignore what our own mind is saying.

The Lord has an option for us and it’s better than music, narrators, scripts or even our own conscience--all of which is subject to human imperfections. A personal relationship with the Lord brings to our lives a relationship with the Holy Spirit as well. He is the part of God that lives within us and can become our script, narrator, life-music, and conscience. The great advantage to the Holy Spirit is that He is perfect and will lead, guide, warn, and instruct us as an outgrowth of that perfection.

The Holy Spirit can be so much more than this but first we have to realize that He is our life connection to the mind of God. When He speaks, He speaks as God speaks; leads as He leads; instructs with His mind because He is God. I won’t get into an entire thing about the Trinity at this time but know that the Holy Spirit is God.  We have to learn to listen to His voice and follow His leadership. Without Him we are directionless and could never understand one word of the Bible. So next time you need to hear the music or the narrator just ask the Lord to speak to you. He will and He will speak truth. Both John 14:26 and John 16:13 echoes this truth and I hope you will practice and train your ears to hear the Lord.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said.

But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.


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