Don't tell Scott, but I stole his Lion King illustration from Sunday for a talk I gave this week (if you didn't hear his sermon, listen to it online, it is AWESOME! While you're at it, read 1 Peter 2:4-12)
Every July for the last 4 years I've spoken to a small group of recent high school graduates. There is a small summer program that meets at Roanoke College to prepare students for college.
Each year I talk about 3 things: knowing God, knowing your identity, and knowing your purpose.
This year, I issued a new challenge.
We can KNOW our identity and our purpose, but what good does that do if it doesn't change how we live? We have a choice. To just sit in the knowledge that we are uniquely created by God for a mission or to actually live into that calling.
Surprisingly, one girl that I was speaking to hadn't seen the Lion King.
As we were all explaining the movie to her so I could use the analogy, one guy interrupted us and said "It's basically Hamlet." I looked at her with a stunned expression....she didn't know a Disney film but she knew Shakespeare.
As we talked about the decision that we each face to either be complacent or live actively for God's purposes, some people connected with the Lion King. With the idea of Simba leaving the easy life with Timon and Pumbaa to return to take his rightful place as King.
I looked at the girl who hadn't experienced the Lion King and, after a thoughtful pause, she said,
"To be or not to be"
Then everyone picked up on the simplicity of that line. While it may be a little black and white, there is some truth to the juxtaposition.
We either live into the identity God has given us or we don't.
Transitioning from high school from college is a natural time to choose how you are going to live and what you are going to live for.
But we each have that choice in front of us every single day. So, for you....
To be, or not to be, that is the Question.