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The Power of the Main Character

The Power of the Main Character

Rev. Crystal March 24, 2015 0 comments
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The Power of the Main Character

 

I used to teach Junior High Sunday school, and I had a blast being with the students and teaching them about the Word of God. I remember one year when I taught with another teacher who was a builder. We had a lot of dreams for teaching the students, and one of them was to create an interactive classroom environment which included a lot of objects hanging from the ceiling and walls, drawing murals on the wall, and being able to write on the wall. I remember this one part of the classroom which had a diagram of relationship, and how God was at the center core. Everything else was still in the circle, but God was at the core of the circle. We asked students to write on the wall with their dreams and callings, and then we put their picture up by their name. A good story always has a great main character. Mediocre books and movies have mediocre main characters, but great books and films have incredible main characters.

 

I was journal praying once, when I started to think about this visual I described. I thought about how the circles surrounded each other, and how there were several different categories. I thought about how God was at the center, and then I thought about how sometimes I put myself at the center. I felt that powerful conviction force start to work on my heart and mind. Why is it that I want to be the main character of the story? Why is it that I “need” attention? God began to rearrange my thoughts and the desires of my heart. God began to show me areas in my life where I was the main character, and where God needed to be the main character. Yes, I believe in free will and choice, but God needs to be at the center of our decisions if we are going to have a good “The End.”

 

There is so much power in the main character in a story, and God needs to be at the center of our story. When we try to put other people or other things at the center we always get into trouble. There have been so many times in my story when I thought work, school, Church, or people were the center of the story. God graciously corrects me when I have wandered away from the truth.

 

Reflection Time: Who is at the center of your story? Is it all about you, or someone else? How can you make God the main character? How can you bring your life into the hands of God?

 Copyright 2015 Crystal Schmalz Ministries

 

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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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