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At The Movies - Part 2, Eddie The Eagle
Travis Gibson - July 9, 2017

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In this series, Pastor Miles unpacks some incredible blockbuster films with God-sized truths that we can apply to our own lives. In His day, Jesus took stories that were relevant to His contemporaries, concerning agriculture or other everyday things with which His listeners were familiar, to teach kingdom truths.

Due to copyright laws, we are not able to show clips from the films in this series online, so for this week, Pastor Travis led a short devotional to discuss the topics of this week’s movie, Eddie the Eagle, which is based on a true story of Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards. Eddie led an average life; he was not the tallest, the best looking, the strongest, or the fastest. He had a condition which required him to wear braces on his knees, and he was usually picked last for sports teams. Early in the film, Eddie’s doctor advised that Eddie should probably take up reading because he would never be good at sports.

Later on, Eddie is found reading a book which inspires him and gives him a tremendous dream: to make it to the Winter Olympics. Against all the odds and in spite of the discouragement of those around him, Eddie pursues this goal with passion and eventually attains it.

As you reflect on your own goals throughout the seasons of your life, ask yourself: what is God’s will, purpose, or direction for my life?

As you reflect on your own goals throughout the seasons of your life, ask yourself: what is God’s will, purpose, or direction for my life?

If you’ve ever run on a treadmill, you know that by pressing different buttons, you can incline to imitate running on hills or you can change the speed or intensity of your run. But when you finish, though you may have clocked a certain mileage on the machine, you haven’t actually gone anywhere. In the same way, life can be unsatisfying as we run after things, go up and down and fast and slow, press buttons on our media devices and pursue the things that the world offers. Do they truly actually give us any purpose or fulfillment?

In our modern culture, we have many choices available to us concerning education, careers, hobbies, relationships, etc. Pastor Travis likened this to the colorful cereal aisle at the grocery store; choices can be good, but they can also sometimes be too much, leaving us confused or wondering which direction to go.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Prov 19:21

God’s Word does tell us that we should be faithful to take steps to produce a good plan for our lives, but in the midst of our pursuits for education, career, spouse, children, a home, etc., we need to ask the bigger, more important question: what is God’s purpose for me? As a young adult, Pastor Travis endured a rough period in which many areas of his life were in turmoil. He began working in real estate, where the people around him all encouraged him to build a kingdom of stuff for himself. The things he pursued - cars, clothes, money, things - came and went quickly as all of his passion went into building “the kingdom of Travis.” But before long, Travis realized that God had something much better for him.

It’s not wrong to have things, but when “good things” become “god things” (things you idolize and pursue with all your might), then you are headed in the wrong direction. Rather let God’s purposes for you become the thing that you are most passionate about fulfilling.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

“Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:7

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16

God created you for His glory, for His purpose, and for His kingdom. So in the midst of chasing after your goals, be reminded of your God-sized purpose and be most passionate about chasing after and fulfilling that! Dive deeply into the Word and draw near to Him in prayer. When you pursue God’s purposes, you will always find yourself heading in the right direction. Be whatever you are called to be, but in whatever that is, bring God glory, serve Him, and honor Him in all you do.

At The Movies

This 4-part series reveals how God is truly the author of our lives, guiding us through our journey. In this devotional, Pastor Travis inspires you to be most passionate about fulfilling God's purpose as you pursue your goals in life.

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