Creative License

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Does your life reflect biblical principles or are you employing a little too much "creative license?"

But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy” 1 Peter 1:15-16

Have you ever read a book and then gone to see the movie made from that book? There are two things that can happen. First, the movie can live up to your expectations – bringing to life every element of your imagination right there on the silver screen. The other thing that can happen is that you can be extremely disappointed. You can leave the movie feeling like the director was far from catching the spirit of the book.

When a filmmaker or producer makes a film or stage production of an existing novel, they employ what is known as “creative license.” Some producers and filmmakers do all they can to stay true to the original work, while some do not.  Typically, when a film veers too far from the intent of the original author, it is not well received.  Not only that, but when you see a bad movie, do you really want to go and read the book? I don’t. Even when someone says, “Oh, but the book was so much better than the movie!”  It still doesn't peak our interest, because what we saw was bad.  We usually don’t care what was intended.

On the other hand, when we see a great movie we get excited about reading the book. We may go out and buy the movie so that we can watch it over and over. And if it’s really good, we may even buy the book, too. We not only become interested, we become fans and we just can’t get enough.              

As a Christ follower, ask yourself this question, “Is my life something that will draw people to Christ, or turn them away?” Work on making your life a reflection of the original Author’s intent. Don’t make your own interpretation and, in turn, produce a movie that will keep people from reading the book. Ask God to help you live the kind of life that will keep people coming back for more.

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