At a much younger age, I didn’t like movies. A waste of time I thought. Too much time inside when I preferred to be outside. But I now realize that movies often tell stories in powerful ways. And movies can stretch and challenge us differently from the written or spoken word. So in recent years I have enjoyed watching movies with others. And beyond the watching, the discussing, and beyond the discussing, the growing.
We’ll see a movie together this coming Sunday evening. I’m thankful there is interest in “More Meat at the Movies”! And soon I hope we’ll see a movie together that hasn’t yet come out on DVD… Breakthrough. The American Profile newspaper supplement featured it in its April publication. The article concludes with producer DeVon Franklin’s words, “We live in a time when there’s so much anxiety and frustration, I want people to watch this movie and feel optimism and excitement for what’s possible.” And actress Chrissy Metz offers, “It might just inspire us all to slow down, enjoy the precious moments we are given and return to our true connections, to value our relationships differently.”
What’s possible. Not often the framework for our thoughts! Connections and relationships. Too often taken for granted and undervalued! Hopefully we don’t need to wait to see the movie together to orient our thoughts toward what’s possible and to value our connections today! Paul put it this way: “Though there are many of us, we are one body in Christ, and individually we belong to each other… Consider everyone as equal… If possible, to the best of your ability, live at peace with all people.” (Romans 12:5, 16, 18). This counsel may not make a great movie, but certainly makes for great community!