They call it “typecasting.” It’s when an actor is selected for a role because the character of the story is so much like the actor in real life, they seem to be a perfect fit to portray the character in the story.
I’m finding out something about myself. If we were to produce a stage production of the Prodigal Son, I’d make a great “older brother”. I suspect I’m not the only one.
I’m acting like the older brother when…
I struggle to celebrate someone else’s opportunity.
I don’t feel acknowledged after I’ve contributed to the ministry.
I want to withdraw from celebrations that aren’t for me.
Paul wrote beautifully in Philippians 2 about the attitude we should embrace. It’s the same mind Jesus had when he went to the cross. It is the attitude of emptying self and sacrificing for the sake of others.
I just can’t do it.
So, everyday He invites me to take up my cross and die to myself. He promises He will help me if I keep my mind on Him and His work in my heart. I know I’ll struggle but I also know He is faithful and won’t give up on me when I fail.
I don’t want to be the older brother.
God help me get over myself and join the celebration in my Father’s house.
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book. In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family. Mike can be found on Twitter @MikeHarlandLW and on facebook.com/Mike.Harland.37.