It’s Just A Movie…

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I guess I am becoming soft in my older years of being a Christian. Last night Jess and I went on a date. It was a wonderful night as we enjoyed dinner and a movie. Jess wanted to see “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” Of course she would pick a chick flick. But what my Baby wants, my Baby gets, lol. Anyway, it was a pretty funny movie. It’s always nice to see a comedy movie that is clean.

The movie featured the value of family and love. I found it funny because as I watched this overbearing family love each other I saw how my family would be if we lived next to each other. The movie truly displayed how love can fix the problems of life. The main plot of the movie was the patriarch and matriarch found out they had not officially been married for the past 50 years. So the Big Fat Greek Wedding was the parents of this large family being married after being together for 50 years.

As I witnessed the wedding, I found myself looking at my wife and hoping that I would be able to be with her for 50 years. That would put me at the age of 72, which is possible. So as I thought of the power of love and my wife, my eyes watered. Then I thought what am I crying over, it’s just a movie. Why am I being so sentimental?

Then I remembered something that the Spirit tells us in scripture. “From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise.” (Phil. 4) What an interesting way of looking at the world around you. Notice how we are to focus our thoughts on these things.

In a world that tells you to look at the negative it is hard to hear this passage and not wonder if we have been focusing on the wrong things in our lives. I believe that as we grow in our maturity of faith these things become more apparent in our lives and the lives around us. I believe that God works in the world through truth, holiness, justice, purity, and love. As we grow in our faith we see the beauty of these things and how God is revealed to us.

So as I watched this movie that focused on the power of family and love I saw the excellent and admirable things of God. Even in the “secular” we can see the Spirit working in the world. It reminds me that God does not shy away or neglect anything. God works in the world even when it does not completely reveal His presence. So this movie that Jess took me to was not just a movie; it was an opportunity to see the power of God in every day life. Jesus said, “Blessed are the Pure in heart, for they shall see God.” The pure in heart are those that focus their thoughts on the beauty of God. They see God working in our every day lives.

So yes, a chick flick made me “dink a tear.” But it wasn’t the movie that softened my heart. My heart is softened every day because we have a God who softens our hearts so that they can be molded to see God working in the world. When God molds our hearts, we receive the privilege of revealing God’s work in the world.

May God soften your hearts so that He can mold them for His use. May you focus your thoughts on the things that are excellent and admirable. May you understand that God is working in the world using ordinary things to show His beauty. And remember it’s not just a movie if you let the Spirit direct your thoughts…

2 comments

  1. oneta hayes · April 2, 2016

    Hello, Rusty. I received your URL from Lisa Crawford who is my niece. Glad to find you. I’m checking your follow so I won’t lose out. Come visit me sometime.

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  2. cathy davies · April 2, 2016

    I just loved this!! In this crazy world we live in God so tenderly reminds us of his love. This has always been one of my favorite scriptures I fall back on. What a beautiful message you have shared , I thank you!

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