Tag: movie

Chariots of Fire

It is one of my favorite movies of all time. Imagine my thoughts as I walked out of the theater with a friend who responded, “They could have done without that nude scene.”  I had seen the movie several times and I was in shock. I said, “What nude scene?” and “That’s what you got out of this story?” When I watched it again, I purposely watched for this supposed “nude scene”.  Sure enough, in the blink of an eye, a naked man walked into the shower exposing his rear.

I took away a couple thoughts from this and they have stuck with me for many years:

  1. We see what we want to see. We can see good or evil in almost anything. What we choose to see is often buried in our own hearts.
  2. We can learn a lesson in what we experience or choose to be negative and become critical.
  3. A beautiful story can be made ugly in one second – if we let it.
  4. We simply can’t help some people to see the good.

You will face multiple issues today and the rest of your life. What you choose to see is up to you. How you choose to react is up to you. Remember that those reactions go to the root: Your heart.

There are 725 mentions of ‘heart’ in the Bible. It was hard to choose which one to post here. What is your favorite ‘heart’ verse?

Luke 5:22-23 Jesus knew what they (the Pharisees) were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?   Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?

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Based on a true story

I watch a lot of movies that are “based on a true story”.  After watching the movie, I like to Google the name to see what was “true” and what was “fiction”.  Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference.  Some movies are produced with the goal of being as “true” as possible.  Others start with a kernel of truth and build a totally fabricated story out of it.  When this happens, it may be just for enjoyment but sometimes the producer is using a “true” situation to push an agenda based around the “true” situation.

Unstoppable, staring Denzel Washington.  This was a fun movie to watch but only 2 minutes of it had any truth.  The rest was the imagination of the writers and production team.  No real agenda, just a movie to keep viewers on the edge.

Good Morning America, staring Robin Williams.  The script was re-written to fit Robin.  The actual person is a card carrying Republican that has supported the military.

My most recent entertainment: The Butler.  This is a story about a black man who worked as a butler in the White House from Eisenhower to Reagan.  As I watched the movie I believed it was a true story.  Turns out it was a fabrication and combined story of what a black family in Washington may have faced.  There was a real butler who served these presidents but the truth ends there.  The movie ends with a slam on Reagan which didn’t feel fair since it wasn’t true and he wasn’t here to deny it.

Truth or Fiction.  Even documentaries can mislead and be total falsehoods.  History is a tricky movement to recreate.  Making it interesting to watch is even harder.  In the movie, We Were Soldiers, it has been reported that Colonel Moore’s children really thought it was their dad talking on the screen.

True stories are hard to tell.  The Bible has four Gospels that tell the life of Jesus and they vary at times that critics have a hard time believing them to be accurate.

Our own testimonies are sometimes hard to remember.  Brian Williams found that out the hard way when he was removed from NBC NEWS.

We listen to stories every day.  Which ones are true?  Good question.  My encouragement to you today is to seek God’s wisdom for yourself.  Stay true to who God is calling you to be.  If you are called to be a rebel, do it in God’s direction.  If you are a pastor, lead in God’s Grace.  If you are a stay at home mom, love your children like Jesus loves you.

Don’t worry about everyone else’s fiction.  Worry about your own.

1 John 5:19-21 New International Version (NIV)

19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

Hannah thanksgiving