You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it. It was you, Charley.I still hear the tragedy in Brando's voice. His character, Terry, recognizes that he missed being who he was supposed to be, and the tragedy of it is overwhelming.
Esau’s cry in Genesis 27:34, when he realizes the completion of his poor choices carries the same pain. Esau had squandered his birthright for lentil soup and now his brother, Jacob, had snookered away his blessing.
It is true that God uses our circumstances, no matter how much we have messed them up, but his intervention does not remove the pain of a wasted life. God has equipped us and shaped us by means of his desire. He uses his desire to form us. But he is not rude. He allows our choices to shape us as well and sometimes this means we miss God’s best. Sometimes, it even means we miss God’s good, and we live a sad, tragic, bitter life that brings no pleasure to us and no pleasure to God.
God, thank you for shaping us by means of your desire. Thank you for calling us to a work that give us and you pleasure. Give us grace to make right choices, to be intentional about knowing you and knowing ourselves, and to have the courage to be who we are to the glory of your name.
2 Timothy 1:1-2
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