Act Like You’ve Been Somewhere. I recently saw a clip of Jamie Foxx receiving an Oscar award. The award was surely something that brought him a moment of pride after working hard and long to have achieved it. However, it wasn’t the award that impressed me necessarily but it was the words of his grandmother which he spoke about upon receiving that award. “Act like you’ve got some sense. Act like you’ve been somewhere.” They were instructions for him in his life journey. Yet these words could lend themselves to our own life instruction if we allow them.
Too often we get caught up in responding to circumstances as if we don’t have common sense. We get overwhelmed by the elements of a situation and tend to respond out of old behaviors and unregenerated thinking. The word of God tells us that “we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2: 16b).” We do not have to rely on our own understanding but can trust that if we ask Jesus, surely He will send the Holy Spirit with an answer.
If we can act like we’ve got some sense then surely that sense comes from somewhere or rather from someone. Often what we need to do is seek the face of the Lord and be in His presence.
Proverbs 1:8-9 states “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.” We are given parents, relatives, teachers in our lives who have experience from which we can all learn. Where necessary, we should remember what they have shared with us. But more importantly, because they have invested time in us, surely we need to act as if we are worthy of that investment. If you’ve had good training, then don’t go about as if no one has tried to help you grow.
Most importantly, never forget that the Heavenly Father has invested a lot in us and continues to speak to each of us by power of the Holy Spirit.
Act like you been somewhere. Act like you are somebody. Watch and see what the Lord will do as you use what you have learned.