I was watching the SAG awards this Saturday, and Bryan Cranston said something that really stood out to me. He won the award for best male actor in a drama series for his role on a little show you might have heard of called Breaking Bad. I’ve heard people are sort of into it…
When making his acceptance speech, Cranston thanked – on behalf of the cast of their show – “our creator.”
When I heard the words “our creator,” I immediately thought of God. Cranston then went on to joke that their creator (of Breaking Bad), Vince Gilligan, was “not the God” but was certainly “a God.” Cranston thanked Gilligan for giving him and his fellow cast such a wonderful story to tell.
Which got me thinking… Isn’t that sort of how it is with us and the God?
God is our Creator, our father, almighty, all knowing, just and good. And He has given us such a wonderful story to tell: the story of our lives.
And the best part of that story? We have the gift of eternal life given to us by the grace of God. There is absolutely nothing we can do to earn this gift. He offers is to everyone. Should we choose to accept the gift – the gift of God’s only son, Jesus Christ – He promises that we will be saved, that we will spend eternity in heaven with him, that we will have everlasting life.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
I may not be up on stage accepting a SAG Award – yet! – but I am able to enjoy sunsets like this one… and that is a pretty amazing gift.
The time we have on this earth is so short compared to eternity. I want to make the most of it. Unfortunately, I often attempt to do it all myself – to be productive, gain success, etc. All too often I forget that I have the Creator of the universe on my side to help me. And too often do I forget that He has a plan for me – one far greater than that which I could ever imagine… or do on my own.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” – Jeremiah 29:11
I am pretty sure when I try to make my own plans, God laughs. I might try to steer the direction of my plot a certain way, but without fail, the Lord steers me back into His plot and onto His path. And thankfully He never ceases to lavish on me His great faithfulness, guidance, and love.
All too often I get caught up in the day to day and forget to thank God for this crazy, unpredictable, hard, and amazing gift: the story of my life.
Isn’t it about time we all thanked God for giving us such a wonderful story to tell?