If a movie was being made about your life just as it is at this moment, would you cast yourself in the starring role?  Would you be able to understand your main character well enough to portray your life in Oscar-winning style?  In many ways, I’m grateful that in my formative years I was nurtured to put others first, to lend a hand, to help when I could, but I wonder if we can take that thinking a bit too far and forget about our own leading role?

I have no desire to be the center of my own universe, but sometimes I’d like to recast my character slightly.  I’d like to make her strong and brave and confident.  I’d like to make her witty, and honest, and brilliant.  I’d like to have her make better choices at those pivotal moments in life so she could become everything God intended.  I’d like to give her a life where she wouldn’t suffer regret.

Ah, but there it is, the difficulty…the reason that cinema is only a reflection of life and not reality.  The truth is you are in the starring role of a lifetime at this very moment.  You’re the one who has been cast by your Creator to live fully, to give every ounce of your talent and your gifts.  You have a chance with every breath to offer an outstanding performance.

I heard a graduation speech where the speaker reminded the graduates that it doesn’t serve the world for you to stay small.  In other words you have to be the star.  You have to be the one who takes your role seriously and plays it with all your heart.  Perhaps it helps to remember that your Savior thought it was all about you because if there had been only you, He still would have given His life for you.

Today I encourage all of us to look at the character we’re portraying, to determine if we’re really giving the performance of a lifetime, or if we can do something to change things, to stand in a stronger light, or offer a new interpretation of the events at hand.  As we do that,  let’s applaud each other in the efforts we make to enrich the lives of others by offering our best, by taking a lead role in our daily performance.

In one sense, it really is “all about you” because when you play your part well your story flows out to the world and becomes “all about them.”

As it says in 1 Corinthians, “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Spirit.   There are different ways to serve the same Lord, and we can each do different things.  Yet the same God works in all of us and helps us in everything we do.”

God wants you to be a star, fulfilled in the role He gave you to play.  Take a bow for being fabulous you!

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