What Clint Eastwood Taught Me About Life

So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:12

We have all heard the saying, “Life is too short”.  Many people live this mantra and make decisions every day to choose to live life to the fullest and not let trivial things get in the way.  However there are still many of us that allow finite issues to choke our joy, happiness, success, peace of mind, etc.  Although Psalm 90:12 is not teaching us to find out how many days are left in our specific life to live, it rather teaches us to look at our days as numbered with purpose.  Each day of our lives God has infused purpose within them. There is not one day that goes by where purpose is to be lived and executed.

We make decisions every day to choose whether our purpose will be realized or if it will be derailed by wrong choices we make or our inability to look at life the right way.  I am almost hesitant to refer to a movie I just recently watched but a particular scene within it resonated within my soul.  In the movie, “The Bridges of Madison County”, there is a scene where Clint Eastwood’s character, Robert looks in the face of Meryl Streep’s character, Francesca to make a decision on if she would stay with her family or leave them to be with him.  The scene is so powerful because you can see the struggle she has in making this decision of struggling with a part of her life that wants to explore something different and new while being pulled to a place of familiarity, fidelity, and honor.  I don’t glorify this movie due to its focus on adultery; however this particular scene spoke to me in a way that deals with every day choices.  There will be days where life stares you in the face to make a decision to stay in your comfort zone or leap into an unfamiliar place that will take you to another dimension.  My spiritual eyes no longer looked at this movie as a love story but a wakeup call to myself of what God was teaching me about life.

Your “familiar place” may be having to seek the approval of others, being consumed with your career/ministry, not stretching your mind/thinking, etc.  You have been stuck in your familiar place for so long that you forgot what your passions are, what drives you, or what you have always wanted to be or do with your life.  Climbing the corporate ladder or having children/family should not be excuses for you to not pursue your dreams.  Remember your days are numbered with purpose. 

I have recently decided to stretch my boundaries and pursue things that will expand my view on life.  I have taken the hands of judgment and “in the box” thinking off my neck that have choked me for years and leaped into exploring different cultures, religions, lifestyles, thinking/concepts/styles, etc. that I have never have in the past.  In these there are hints of truth and awareness of self.  C.S. Lewis stated in his book, Mere Christianity, “If you are a Christian, you are free to think that all these religions, even the queerest ones, contain at least some hint of truth.”  I would add however only mature Christians can take this leap and explore the world in this way.  There must be a reconciliation of knowing that  Jesus is the Way, Truth, and Life as well as understanding there is a world out here that is bigger than you that has truths hidden in them for self discovery.  One cannot go without the other.  Because I am free to explore myself in Christ I can refer to secular movies, find hidden truths, and not be condemned or judged by others.  God showed me in that movie that Clint Eastwood’s character was staring me in the face as if he was representing the potential of my life to make the decision to explore the world in ways I have never seen, to view God in levels that have been unknown to me, and to abandon my focus on temporal things that have choked my ability to soar. 

I have admired leaders who are open minded and well versed with various life experiences and knowledge, while not neglecting biblical foundation.  Even closed minded business leaders who do not have varied experiences are unsuccessful in the corporate world; what does this also say about church leaders?

My days are numbered with purpose and I don’t want to lose another second of God enlightening my eyes to see this purpose lived out every day for the rest of my life. My eyes will be enlightened through the lenses of spiritual and natural things (secular, worldly, and religious experiences). As a consequence, wisdom will come and dine with my soul and I will see this world in ways I have never seen it before!

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3 thoughts on “What Clint Eastwood Taught Me About Life”

  1. Lori — what a great article. You are so right, we can choose to close our eyes to things of the secular world and judge them —- or we can choose to see the possibilities in the world that is all around us. Thank you for sharing and being the person you are.

  2. While I did not see the movie that you refer to (nor do I intend to see it) I very much appreciate this post. It’s difficult to stretch outside of our comfort zones but not knowing how handle it is even more difficult. I’m one who knows all to well about being in a situation that I had to stretch from and certainly while the need was legitimate I stretched in an illegitimate way. I pray that those who are faced with change & challenge understand there’s a right way and a wrong way to evolve.

  3. Great thought about “What Clint Eastwood taught me……I just want to add that in order to fully number our days and keep purpose in our lives we should be discipline. Unless we submit our natural desires to the Holy Spirit we will not use these days God has give us wisely. To make sound decisions one must surrendered to the Holy Spirit guidance and direction. Great article you always speak to my inner man and confirm what God has been saying to me. Thanks Lori

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