Any other movie lovers out here?
I am a sappy, romantic comedy or fairytale, out of the ordinary love story kind of girl myself, but I also like suspense, drama, action-packed, inspirational and occasionally, a sci-fi movie.
(Why didn’t anyone ever tell me what I was missing with the Fast and Furious series, Oh-Em-Gee?!),
I have collected some of my favorite quotes and lessons from movies over the years. One in particular that so many others have used comes from the famous movie starring movie icon, Tom Cruise.
I must confess I have never watched it.
Released in 1996, over 20 years ago, Jerry Maguire captured the hearts of many with these 3 famous words he spoke to the woman he was in love with:
You complete me.
I am sure many women would love to hear (or have heard) these 3 words uttered to them by the one they loved.
It would be a happily ever after, right?
I found myself thinking about these words a couple of weeks ago as I was listening to a well- known couple who had walked the difficult road to recovery from infidelity a few years ago, all aired on national TV for the world to watch.
Many wondered how could she (or why would she) forgive her husband after years of affairs, especially after she found out that one of women was a close friend who watched her children while she was on the road.
Yet, a closer look at this marriage and all relationships in general, when examined more thoroughly, would reveal a vital truth:
Those three words above can be dangerous if not placed in the right context.
In the short clip, which can be viewed here, the couple went on to reference something very important that both married and single women want to be mindful of while in a relationship/marriage or even while considering one.
So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. ~Colossians 2:10
We are not complete when we have a new job.
We are not complete when we have finally received the degree we worked so hard for the last 4 years.
We are not complete when we have reached the highest salary in our field or finally gotten the promotion for which we have been waiting.
We are not complete when we have traveled the world, have a dozen letters behind our name or the house/car we paid cash for.
We aren’t even complete when we finally get married/have the family we desire.
Paul is clear when he says only through our union with Christ are we complete.
In the process of waiting, know that whether what you are waiting for should ever come to pass, being joined to Christ is what makes you complete, i.e. “rooted as it were in Christ…by virtue of the intimate relationship entered into with Him.” (Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)
Sometimes we may not feel complete and often times the world will tell us otherwise–that we have to possess a certain thing or be at this place or position in life to be complete.
This is simply not true. Just because we may not feel complete does not negate the truth that we are. The Word tells us we are, if we have entered into an intimate relationship with Him. Our feelings are relative and fluctuate sometimes as quickly as the wind blows.
Recently, the Lord has been talking to me about identity and how as women, we tend to attach our identity to so many different things because we wear so many hats in life.
I was that woman.
I was reminded that our identity is not connected to what we DO, but to who God already says we are and are becoming. It is (and should be) directly connected to the One who created us and what He has already said about us. It is our identity in Him that makes us complete.
Sis, as you are waiting, know that if you have confessed that Jesus is Lord and believed in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you have just entered into the best, most intimate relationship of your life. (Romans 10:9)
Nothing else or no one else in this world will complete you but Him.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for a short video I did about Identity. I pray it blesses you.