If Life Was a Movie

If Life Was a Movie


I know that I have uttered the phrase. Most likely, you have said it too.

If my life was a movie…

  • The prince on his white horse would come rescue me from the tower.
  • I would tap my heels together and return to Kansas.
  • We would whistle a tune to pass the time.
  • (Insert the plot of any movie here.)
  • And, of course, we would all live happily ever after.

There are quizzes and songs with these sentiments because we believe that

in Hollywood, things always end up like they should,

and we wish that our lives could have the same tidy resolution.


So let’s imagine for a moment that the entirety of history was one long movie.

Every human who has ever lived is an actor in this blockbuster, making the excessive cast a motley mix of professionals and amateurs. It is a situation comedy, if you will, and the Director always has the final say.

Take a moment to imagine. Who has the lead? Who are the supporting actors? What is the plot? Who is the protagonist? The antagonist? What is your role?

Do you have your answers? Good. Here is what I think:

Tom Cruise would not be the leading character.  Neither would Clark Gable or Edmund Kean or William Shakespeare or any other actor through the entirety of history.  Although they are famous in their field, they did not greatly influence the scope of history.

No, our star must be someone who altered the world as we know it.  You could argue that the inventors of the internet changed the world.  Perhaps the video should thank Martin Luther King, Jr. or scorn Adolf Hitler.  A movie could expound on the victories of General Washington or the the conquests of Julius Caesar.  Or, lest we forget the notable women of history, the video might praise Mother Theresa, Sacajawea, Clara Barton, Cleopatra, or Queen Esther.

But, quite frankly, I don’t think any of these humans deserve to be the main character in a movie about the history of the world.

This protagonist must be someone who is central in every scene.  He must be part of the obscure beginning and persist until the happy ending.  Like every animated Disney movie, the main character should be a hero.  His every action is vital;  without him, the movie will fail.

Do you see where I am going with this?  Only one person is ubiquitous in the history of the world.  He alone was present at the world’s commencement and will linger until the credits roll.  He is the hero of this story.

He is God.  If you accept the fact that the Bible is our script, you will see that God instigated the story (Genesis 1:1).  He is present in every scene (Jeremiah 23:23-24), and He is vital to the plot.

Everyone on earth?  Well, we are really just his footstool (Isaiah 66:1), but He lets us act as extras.

If life was a movie, I would be sitting in the nose-bleed section while they film a concert.  You would be sipping coffee in the background a food court scene.  During the credits, our names would zoom past so quickly and be typed so small that no one would notice.  We have no impact on the story line.  We are dispensable.  We are forgotten.

And isn’t that the way it should be?  Shouldn’t the main character get all the glory?  Shouldn’t He receive the accolades, the awards, the praise.  Shouldn’t His name be remembered for years to come?

I sure think so.  That is what we do in Hollywood where things always turn out perfectly, right?

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