Thursday, October 19, 2006

What Is Your Title On the Theater's Marquee?

If someone were to produce a retroactive historical drama of your completed life story for the big screen, what would the title of your movie be?

The title should capture the motif of the picture, the theme of the story. For this imaginative exercise, you'd have to guess as to how your life would unfold. How do you want it to unfold? Since your life story hasn't been finished, you can consciously work backwords from your idealized conception to try to make it true.

What would be a noble theme? May I suggest Paul's words, written to Timothy, shortly before his execution?
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. (2Ti 4.6-8 ESV)
In his Commentary Adam Clarke expounds on Paul's triumph in verse 7:
I have fought a good fight - Every reader will perceive that the apostle, as was his very frequent custom, alludes to the contests at the Grecian games: Τον αγυνα τον καλον ηγωνισμαι· I have wrestled that good wrestling - I have struggled hard, and have over come, in a most honorable cause.
I have finished my course - I have started for the prize, and have come up to the goal, outstripping all my competitors, and have gained this prize also.
I have kept the faith - As the laws of these games must be most diligently observed and kept, (for though a man overcome, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully), so I have kept the rules of the spiritual combat and race; and thus, having contended lawfully, and conquered in each exercise, I have a right to expect the prize.
Perhaps I would like the title on the marquee of my story to read, "Winning the Crown: The Larry McCallister Story".

What do you need to start doing right now to write your story before it could be written by another?

What do you think? How might your life story's title read on a marquee? Tell me! :-)