I was watching an episode of The Newsroom and in it, Jeff Daniels’ character is adamant about getting a news story on air that only told half of the truth. In the scene, Daniels gets so frustrated that his team is demanding the whole truth be told, he storms to his office and returns with pre-written scripts of what each newscaster is going to say – half truth as it was.
Does that sound like your life? Someone else demanding that you read lines from a script that isn’t yours! Bill Hybels from Willow Creek Church asks,
“Are you writing your own scripts, or are you living a script that someone else has written or that isn’t even yours in the first place?”
Too many people feel they have no choice in how they live their lives. They feel they are stuck in a J.O.B. (Just Over Broke) with no options or that they not pursuing a joy-filled life.
Here are three questions to answer to help you write your own script.
In what aspects of my life do I feel useful, confident or joyful? In everything, there are parts that are good. Identify those parts. Are they enough to help me write or edit my own script? They may be the anchor in your attitude that can help you make some changes.
What is stopping me from pulling out a fresh piece of paper and starting all over? I’m not talking about your marriage or even your job. It may be that the fresh piece of paper is a new attitude toward what you’re already doing. It may be that you need a perspective adjustment to see that the problem isn’t you surroundings, it’s you! On the other hand, you may need to begin seeking employment that fits your dreams and goals.
When was the last time I asked God for wisdom and strength to write and live my own script. I’ve always loved Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity prayer;
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.”
God will give you wisdom if you ask for it. (Seriously! It’s in the bible here). The question now becomes, “What are you going to do with that wisdom?”
Question: What other questions help you break-free from the tyranny of someone else’s script?