NO ONE ELSE CAN PLAY YOUR PART

I was looking through a website recently and I saw a shirt that was imprinted, ” No one else can play your part.” It would be easy to pass over and not give it a second thought, but the statement is so simple, yet profound.

NO ONE ELSE CAN PLAY YOUR PART

We all play a part every day. We wear our various “hats”. And those roles are different for each of us, yet similar in so many ways. Sure if we wanted to be cynical, we could break down what every one around us does and conclude that we really aren’t that special. Millions of other people do the same job we do and we could be easily replaced. Why, maybe even a trained monkey could do our part.

NO ONE ELSE CAN PLAY YOUR PART

Life can be hard. We recently took a field trip to a local TV station. Our professional and informative guide repeatedly stressed the importance of letting our children watch the news. She campaigned at every turn that it was necessary to stay informed in the world. She conceded that yes, some of the news is unpleasant, but it was still imperative to be educated about the world around us. It’s easy to want to crawl under the proverbial rock and tune out the vile and sadistic acts that occur to us and around us and not see the beauty. This big world of ours abounds in beauty-new treasures and discoveries waiting to be noticed or uncovered amidst the bleakness of this fallen world we live in.

NO ONE ELSE CAN PLAY YOUR PART

I think of the bullied. The afraid. The assaulted. The lonely. The isolated. I think of the child having sand thrown in his face on the playground for the forty-first time. The teen being rejected in the lunch room just begging with his eyes for a safe place to sit. I think of the mom standing on the fringe of the circle of women, just trying to find a way to make a new friend. I think of the steady, reliable employee, beaten down one more time because he has integrity and won’t compromise it for his job, so he’s passed over- not part of the network. Eliminated.

NO ONE ELSE CAN PLAY YOUR PART

My daughter Phoebe recently turned 16. Just say the number 16 and for some reason most of us become nostalgic. Many become giddy with great excitement at the thought of hearing someone turned 16. I’m not going to write a paragraph with a list of the reasons why it appears a magical age, but I will say, in large part it seems like an age when a person is on the precipice of adulthood with all the hopes and dreams and ideals a heart and mind can hold.

NO ONE ELSE CAN PLAY YOUR PART

Sometimes though life throws us curveballs. We find ourselves stepping through doors and walking down roads we never wanted to step foot on. This is a broken world and it is not a matter of if hardships come our way, it is a promised matter of WHEN hardships come our way. And then we have new roles to play.

NO ONE ELSE CAN PLAY YOUR PART

And our part may be a role we don’t want to play. We’re tired. We’re hurt. We’re weary. Our hearts have been assaulted to the deepest level of our beings. And for all of us, what brings this sadness to a level of crushing burden is different for each one of us, but it is important to press on, because…

NO ONE ELSE CAN PLAY YOUR PART

Look around you. Many of us keep our most heart-wrenching tales buried neatly in the deepest pages of our storybooks. Meanwhile people are questioning and making statements to themselves. Could someone else play my role better? No one else understands how I’m feeling. I don’t want to play this part I’ve been given-it’s too hard. Maybe no one will notice if I just stop existing. I am too ashamed my life isn’t perfect. This isn’t what I signed up for in life.

NO ONE ELSE CAN PLAY YOUR PART

Well news flash, none of us signed up. We are born. And with your birth, you begin a journey. A Creator who knew you before you were formed is with you every step of the way. It may not always feel like it, but you have not been abandoned. You were uniquely created to play your part.

NO ONE ELSE CAN PLAY YOUR PART

So whether you are struggling or you know someone who is, remember this.

NO ONE ELSE CAN PLAY YOUR PART

You are loved. You are special. You are important. You are not the sum total of your experiences. You may feel that way, but there is so much more to you then what has happened to you. It may feel like you are stuck and there is no way out and this is who you are going to be the rest of your life. Hardships and burdens are trying to overpower you and define you, but that is NOT who you are and all you can be. Life is a journey. There will be many roles to play and with each new season you play a part.

NO ONE ELSE CAN PLAY YOUR PART

So go out there and play it. Don’t think for a moment someone else could and don’t doubt that you can play it. Resolve to play it well. You have a choice of who you will be and you have the ability to choose grace to rain down on you as you make your way. Today is a new day and remember…

NO ONE ELSE CAN PLAY YOUR PART

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4 thoughts on “NO ONE ELSE CAN PLAY YOUR PART

  1. This is very encouraging, Jamie! Our lives aren’t perfect and we often think someone else is doing it better. However I disagree with the guide who stressed that we let our children watch the news. The news isn’t the news anymore. It’s about giving the bad-guy-of-the-day their 15 minutes of fame and I refuse to let these people enter my household. If the news outlets would report actual news rather than “look at what this sick jerk did,” then maybe we would turn the news back on.

    • I completely agree with you! The guide inserted this opinion repeatedly because each time she spoke the merits of the news, it was greeted with a lukewarm reception. As we walked out the door and she reminded me again, I finally responded, ” I didn’t want to expose myself or anyone in my house to the harshness of the news, we can walk out the door and potentially experience that. However the weather comes in handy occasionally.” 🙂

  2. Thank you for these words of truth. The enemy would have us all live in self- pity, shame, grief, etc…..tempting us to believe the lie that I can’t play this part. Untrue. The truth of Phil 4:13 is TRUTH! God indeed has a special purpose for each of us EACH day He gives us! May we honor Him in it all! Much love to you dear Friend!

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