I don’t *think* that I give too much away, but you have been warned just in case.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty hides no secrets and knows exactly what type of movie it wants to be.
It is an inspiring movie. They know it. We know it. Critics know it. And it is inspiring!
Just look at this poster! Stop Dreaming. Start living. Awesome! Wise – and inspiring – words indeed.
Yes, this movie wants you to stop dreaming about living life and instead to go out and actually live life.
But what sets Walter Mitty apart from all the other “feel good” movies that also try to be inspire us?
Don’t miss the fact that Walter Mitty didn’t stop dreaming and start living for no reason. He had a reason. He had a calling. Yes, he had a purpose!
“Purpose” gets a lot of play in most Christian circles. Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with “purpose.”
While most books/talks on purpose will use a few biblical characters who knew their “calling” or “purpose,” most did not.
For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 (I gotta use this verse, right?)
For those of us who didn’t get a burning bush, an angelic visit, etc. I offer us this:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.
The main reason I loved the Secret Life of Walter Mitty so much is because it so beautifully – and entertainingly – shows us “this” story!
Walter Mitty didn’t quit his job, he didn’t go run off to find himself, and he didn’t have some crazy mid-life crisis.
What he did do, however, was set out to carry out a purpose, his purpose, and that purpose was tied to what he already did for a living.
In the movie Walter Mitty works at Time Life and needs to find one missing negative; the cover photo for the last printed issue of Time magazine.
And this is what I love.
Walter Mitty had a calling and a purpose that was on the path which he was already walking.
Look at Proverbs 3:6: Acknowledge him (God) in all your ways and he (God) will make your paths straight.
God does not promise to put you on a new path, on a different path, on some exotic and exciting path. Instead he promises to make your current path straight.
So what? What does this have to do with us?
Remember the Great Commission?
So the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain Jesus had designated. When they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted. Then Jesus came up and said to them, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you ”
(First, some were doubting? Really? With all they had seen – including Jesus raised from the dead! – some still doubted. Even though they doubted they still obeyed. Amazing!)
“Therefore go and make disciples…”
We’ve all read it, heard it, and possibly even felt guilty about it. After all, this is the quintessential “missionary” verse right?
Go – i.e. leave here – and go and make disciples. Not necessarily.
The use of “go” here – in the Greek - means more of an “as you are going” or “while you are going.”
And that ties right back into Proverbs where we are told God will make the path straight.
On what path do you already walk?
Where are you today?
What are you doing today?
What is your job? Your profession?
That is where you, like Walter Mitty, can find your purpose!
So I encourage you to stop dreaming and to start living.
What can you do for God right now, today, on the path which you already walk?