One of the first movies I saw with Robin Williams was Dead Poets Society, and it was had a line that stuck with me, with lots of people actually. It was “carpe diem” or “seize the day”. That movie depicted a teacher influencing the students entrusted to his care. Williams was the kind of person that questioned the norm and helped others find their purpose.
On a side note, I have refrained from giving my thoughts on Robin Williams’ death and his battle with depression, but I plan in the weeks ahead to share my understanding as well as the struggle that so many people battle that leads to choices such as Williams made. Continue to pray for his family and those influenced by him.
What I see in the character Williams played in the movie Dead Poets Society was the need we all have to make a difference. We have been challenged by God and by the needs around us to find a way to serve, to make a difference and to live with purpose.
Hebrews 4:16 NLT
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
We have the Spirit of God living inside of us, and He has given us boldness to share truth and to find help. That is why we have to share Christ and tell others our story of how God showed up to meet our needs.
Psalm 112:9 NLT
They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor.
The people who seek God and who care about others will be generous in the way they find to meet needs. As Zig Ziglar said, “You can have everything in life you want, if you'll just help enough other people get what they want.” That is simple. Serve others and blessings will come in your direction. Influence and honor will be part of your life as you make others a priority.
Proverbs 2:9 NLT
Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.
Pursue God. Notice what is right and strong as you see the direction that your life is intended to go. Life is not a set of good luck happenings or of coincidences. Life is full purpose when lived the way God intended. It begins with salvation by Jesus and continues as we apply our salvation to serve others.
Ecclesiastes 8:5 NLT
Those who obey him will not be punished. Those who are wise will find a time and a way to do what is right,
Waiting till later is not an option. Knowing the right time is a good thing. Another way to look at this is to make sure you have what you need to help someone help someone. If you meet someone that needs food but you have no food, then how can you help? That is why God will fill you and refuel you to be able to help others.
Hebrews 10:24 NLT
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
Think about ways to serve. Serving will open people to be able to see God. Share His love without words but with actions.
Galatians 5:13 NLT
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
I praise God for our freedom. We can do almost anything we want to do, but many people chose to use all they have and spend on their time serving themselves. Being selfish doesn’t accomplish what God wants.
We must find a way to serve others just as Jesus found a way to serve us while we were in need.