The Book is Better Than The Movie

 

 

 

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Books are often better than the movie versions of a script. Why? Well…here are six reasons books are often better than movies: (1) the movie gets lost in translation, (2) “that’s not how I pictured it”, (3) limited storytelling time, (4) script writing may not do the story justice, (5) books allow the reader to put it together, and (6) the book stays with you.*

As I thought about this, my spirit led me to think about those that experience challenging life circumstances and it hit me. What if we viewed the challenges of our lives as movies? You see a good movie grips your emotions and draws you in as if you are one of the characters. If you are like me, during a good movie I yell, fuss at the characters, jump, and sometimes cry. I experience the full range of emotions from beginning to ending until the credits roll and I realize, it is not real.

Now, with some movies sometimes I think, “it can’t get any better than this”…until I read the book version. You see, the book version of your life is better than the movie version you are currently experiencing for the same reasons identified above. The book has more of the details of who you are, how you are going to overcome, who to look out for, and what to do. Like movies, your challenging life circumstances have a beginning and an ending. Like movies, your challenging life circumstances takes you through various emotions. Like movies, your challenging life circumstances are not the real life purposed for you. The book version tells you that you are an overcomer. The book version tells you that all things work together for your good. The book version tells you that trouble does not last always. The book version tells you that you are victorious. The book version tells you no weapon formed against you shall prosper!

So, if you are having a hard time in your life presently, think of it as just a movie. Just know, the movie version of the life that you are currently experiencing is watered down and is not the realistic depiction of your circumstances. It’s not what it looks like. If you want the juiciest, most realistic version of your life, go read the book. If you cant find it…it’s the one published by God.

Live Out Loud,

Dr. TC

*http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/6-reasons-the-book-is-almost-always-better-than-the-movie/

Bring me some Figgy Pudding…

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Oh bring me some figgy pudding

Oh bring me some figgy pudding

Oh bring me some figgy pudding

And a cup of good cheer!

This is a verse of the well known We Wish You A Merry Christmas children’s song. God gave me a revelation about the words of this verse. You see, figs were a common fruit in the Bible and often represented prosperity. The fruit of certain kinds of fig trees grows simultaneously with the leaves that cover the fruit. In other words, when you see a fig tree with leaves, you can automatically assume there is fruit under the leaves. But what if something goes wrong and the leaves of the tree do not uncover what it was created to produce?

Well…the answer is found in Matthew 21: 18-19 (NIV), 18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. What if I told you…you are the tree. You see, a tree is rooted in the foundation of the earth and can stand for many long years through adverse weather conditions while maintaining its capabilities to produce what it was created to produce. Likewise, when you are firmly rooted and planted in God you can withstand adverse circumstances in your life and still stand and do what God called you to do. Don’t let your life wither away because you are not producing good fruit. Every tree has a purpose. An apple tree produces apples. A pear tree produces pears. A fig tree produces figs. A tree is known by the fruit it bears.

I’ll admit, I am learning to like figs but I LOVE all of the references to figs in the Bible. Another scripture my husband preached recently is from Numbers 13 verses 17-26. In these scriptures Moses instructs men from each tribe to go and spy out the land of Canaan. Now, he asked them to check out certain things about the land but ONLY bring back something very specific. Moses did not ask them to bring back jewelry, money, or even a prominent person to interrogate, all things we would have thought would help indicate the land was prosperous. Instead, he requests they bring back the actual fruit of the land. The spies indeed brought back a cluster of grapes, pomegranates, and figs! I imagine Moses looked at the fruit and immediately knew the land was prosperous based on the fruit. The good fruit the land produced was greater than any gold or silver. A tree is known by the fruit it bears!

So what are you producing in your life? Is your life meaningful? Are you actually producing what you were created to produce? Or are your well developed leaves deceiving those around you that you are producing fruit that is nonexistent? I can not stress the importance of making every day of your life meaningful and fruitful. Be intentional with what you say, how you live, and how you interact with others. Make the fruits of your labor attract everyone to want to eat of your tree because what you produce is not only good…but life changing.

If God was to say to you, oh bring me some figgy pudding, what would you want to say that you are bringing to God? Is your tree producing good fruit?

The proof is in the pudding…in this case figgy pudding.

Live Out Loud,

Dr. TC