October 21, 2018

Conquering the Darkness, part 3

 “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”—Matthew 10:39 (KJV)

This is the third article in a series based on themes from the film, Unbroken: Path to Redemption. Please see the first two writings on how God always guides us here and turning away from accusing voices here. Today’s piece will explore the topic of how we can reinvent ourselves after our original arrangements change.

Many of us are organized. We know what (and who) we want in our future. Some individuals have an idea how to make their dreams happen, and they plan a straight route to success. This ideal situation doesn’t always play out. Victories can be disrupted by unexpected setbacks:


Roadblocks aren’t always a bad thing. They often keep us from settling for less. Our limited vision may show that Plan A is the best road to take. Plan B may actually be the most advantageous path in the long run. For example, some high achievers expect to own, or to work at, certain companies for a long time. That doesn’t happen. They’re less stressed, and making more money, somewhere else now.

Jesus’ Disciples' Former Lives

The Bible doesn’t specify the professions of every follower of Jesus. We do know at least four of them were fishermen. Matthew was a tax collector. Luke was a physician.

God had more in mind for these special men. They found a more fulfilling life in serving the Savior.

Modern Cases of Successful Alternate Strategies

Many famous inventions are the result of creative thinking. Here are some cases from the Travel Channel documentary series, “Mysteries at the Museum”
  • The inventors of bubble wrap (for packaging) were working on 3D wallpaper.
  • The creators of Silly String® were trying to make a spray-on polymer cast for wounded Vietnam War soldiers.
  • Minor Edward Doheny was looking for gold in the Los Angeles, California, area when he found oil.  He became richer than John D. Rockefeller. Many local streets are named after him.

Unbroken: Path to Redemption (spoiler alert)

This movie is the true story of World War 2 veteran, Louis Zamperini. The survivor was an Olympic track-and-field star prior to joining the Army Air Corps (the forerunner of the Air Force). He tries to continue his athletic career upon returning to the U.S.

Unfortunately, the former warrior can't run anymore after he injures his leg. He was weakened by the torture and starvation he'd endured as a prisoner of war in Japan.

Zamperini attempts to make money different ways, but nothing lasts. After a long battle with anger, pain, and confusion, the hero is led to a Billy Graham revival. He eventually becomes a Christian evangelist.

My Conclusion
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.”—Joseph Campbell (from a success.com article)

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