Editing Your Life

“…And let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” Heb. 12:1

Disney films are known the world over as the best in animation, but the studio didn’t earn that reputation easily. One of lostsoupscenethe reasons for the level of excellence achieved was the filmmaker himself. Walt Disney was ruthless about cutting anything that got in the way of the unfolding story. Ward Kimball, one of the animators for Snow White, recals working 240 days on a four minute sequence. The dwarfs made soup for Snow White, almost destroying the kitchen in the process. Disney thought it was funny, but he decided the scene interrupted the flow of the picture, so it was edited out. 

Often we find ourselves doing “good” things which are not only unnecessary, but a distraction from the unfolding story of our lives. Like the soup scene, many of these things are worthwhile or entertaining, but they lack the essential elements of being the best we can do with the time and talents God has given to us. In some cases, life can become so crowded with these “commitments,” we don’t have room for the essential things God wants to do through us. The next time you are asked to take on another “good scene,” ask yourself:

  • Does this fit in with the plan God has set before me; do I have a lasting inner peace about it?
  • Will this task help me or others grow closer to the Lord?
  • Can I do this without taking away from the time I’ve already committed to my family, church, job, or friends?

As you pause to consider the rest of today, consider this: When the film of you life is shown, will it be as great as it might have been? A lot will depend on the multitude of good things you edit out of your life in favor of the great things God wants to do through you.

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