On Saturday afternoon my husband was channel surfing. He stopped briefly on Good Will Hunting. It was the scene where the character, Sean, played by Robin Williams was sharing how (after camping out in front of the box office all night long) gave up his ticket to see game six of the World Series because he had to “go see about a girl.”
Sean: No, I’m not kiddin’ you, Will. That’s why I’m not talkin’ right now about some girl I saw at a bar twenty years ago and how I always regretted not going over and talking to her. I don’t regret the 18 years I was married to Nancy. I don’t regret the six years I had to give up counseling when she got sick. And I don’t regret the last years when she got really sick. And I sure as hell don’t regret missin’ the damn game. That’s regret.
This morning I read the following quote in my devotional:
“Why play it safe? Why sleepwalk when the Spirit of the Living God is wide-awake? You only get one shot, a brief few seconds to make it count. It’s your move.” ~Louie Giglio
What a great reminder to read at the beginning of a new week. We get one shot in our short time on earth. And, for too many of my years I spent it sleepwalking . I made choices based on fear. I made choices based on what other people might think of me. I ran away from the hard and the painful and then made up excuses and had alibis as to why. I opted to curl up and numb instead of stand up and confront.
We only get one shot…and, nowadays, I don’t want to use my one shot settling for walking around in the dark. I want to live with my eyes wide open. I want a heart that hears God’s Spirit and then, no matter how scary, I want to take the shots He places on the path in front of me.
What about you?
Monday: We have a fresh week in front of us. We have the chance to get back up and begin again. What’s your next move?
In case you’ve never seen this movie scene before, but a word caution…the characters drop several F bombs…